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Six-year-old enters state budget fray

Posted May 6, 2011

An elementary school student wrote a letter to Gov. Beverly Perdue this week, begging her to "stop those Republicans who are trying to make our schools bad."

The letter, written in typical 6-year-old scrawl, came from a student named Amelia at Mary Scroggs Elementary School in Chapel Hill.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson, who blogged about the letter, says it was sent to the Governor's Office by Amelia's mother as the House was finishing its work on a $19.3 billion budget proposal.

Perdue has criticized the budget, which will cut $1.2 billion more in education spending than she wanted. About 11,000 teaching assistants and thousands of teachers and other school employees could lose their jobs under the proposal.

"Our teachers are very kind and work very hard! Please stop the Republicans from making there (sic) jobs much harder!" Amelia wrote, noting that larger classes make it harder to learn.

Pearson wrote, "Needless to say, Gov. Perdue agrees with Amelia."

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  • NC-writer May 9, 2011

    This is shameful for a parent to use her daughter as a pawn.

  • jawsofsteel May 8, 2011

    That has to be the most embarassing letter that a mother or teacher could let a 6 year old even create. First thing that should be taught is manners. Next should be respect. Finally, teach the little girl about financial responsibility. When there are responsible citizens in place, then the ability to pay for teachers and the necessary infrastructure of our society is the easy part.

    Sincerely,

    Me

  • 1 awesome Dad May 7, 2011

    Maybe that parent should write Phil Berger about their parents losing thier unemployment benefits.

  • stanmak May 6, 2011

    "Later this afternoon, after careful review, Governor Beverly Purdue issued a veto upon Amelia's letter stating that it was a bad letter for North Carolina."

  • 1 awesome Dad May 6, 2011

    Well dear old Bev is going to veto it anyway.

  • Wheelman May 6, 2011

    You sure it's not from someone in David Price's office?

  • as400_guru May 6, 2011

    Perhaps the Governor should let the 6 year old have her job. That makes as much sense as any adult agreeing with a 6 year old who doesn't have a clue what she is talking about. Miss Amelia isn't old enough to understand what she is saying. $100 says her teacher or her parents told her what to write.