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Task force will examine ways to keep Governor's School open

Posted August 4, 2011

— The State Board of Education on Thursday voted to form a task force to find a way to keep the Governor's School of North Carolina open.

The committee, which will report to the board in September, could consider scaling back the six-week residential summer program that provides academic and arts courses for academically gifted high school students.

Another option could be eliminating one of the program's two campuses – Salem College in Winston-Salem or Meredith College in Raleigh.

The General Assembly cut all funding for the school, approximately $850,000, in the new state budget.

The state school board could charge about $2,000 in tuition to keep the school running, but members say that charging full tuition would make it unavailable to many students who qualify.

Until last year, the program was free, but budget cuts for 2010 forced the school board to charge $500 this summer.

State schools Superintendent June Atkinson has mentioned the possibility of putting the program on hold until the state can fund it again.

More than 31,000 students have gone through the program since 1963.

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  • 1 awesome Dad Aug 5, 2011

    Once China takes over they'll determine who gets what and whose child can live a happy productive life. It's all good

  • warbirdlover Aug 5, 2011

    You really think that the needs of special needs children are being met. What a joke. I have a special needs child and can tell you, as a parent you have to fight "Tooth and Nail" with the school system. If they are so gifted, why would they need a special school. It sounds like discrimination,"Ha Ha I'm Smarter Than You" against normal IQ students & special needs children, not to have a chance to go to a free summer "to broaden their horizions" camp. If they want to go, make their family pony up the money.

  • thewayitis Aug 4, 2011

    See, what I hate is, there is always money around for programs for special needs, but the gifted and bright always get cheated. Why? Both are considered special populations, and both need to be served equally.

  • asjdiw Aug 4, 2011

    A great society does great things. Supporting our best and brightest should be one of our priorities, especially considering the competition we face in world. Let's not be short-sighted.

  • itsnotmeiswear Aug 4, 2011

    Governor's School was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but there are better educational choices for NC tax dollars during tough times.

  • Hans Aug 4, 2011

    Can somebody explain to me why we need this additional "schooling" for the "academically gifted"? Shouldn't the "academically gifted" be getting all the education they need during the regular, grossly over-funded school year?

  • ktday5 Aug 4, 2011

    YAY!! I believe that this is a direct result of the suggestion by Drs. Atkinson and Harrison that the alumni and friends of the NC Governor's School should raise $100,000 by 8/1/11 to bring light to this issue. We have now raised over $175,000. (www.ncgsfoundation.org) This is so important to the future of NC.

  • 2thebeach Aug 4, 2011

    Both of my children attende The Governor's School and are better off for the experience. I think suspending the program until State funding is reinstated is the best option available. Charging tuition taints the mission of the program.