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NC to OK another summer for Governor's School

Posted February 2, 2012

— A summer program for gifted students in North Carolina will return after alumni and other donors stepped in with cash in the months since state lawmakers eliminated funding.

The state Board of Education on Thursday plans to let the state's public school agency decide the scope of this summer's North Carolina Governor's School.

School board chairman Bill Harrison says he expects a foundation or two to add another $200,000 within days to the slightly more than $500,000 collected so far. State schools Chief Financial Officer Philip Price says the extra money would provide five weeks on two college campuses for 500 students.

The Governor's School would operate for its 50th year of offering selected high school students a few weeks together working on language, math, music, science and other subjects.

The six-week residential summer program provides academic and arts courses for gifted high school students at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh.

More than 31,000 students have attended the Governor's School since it started in 1963.

Until last year, the program was free, but 2010 state budget cuts forced the school board to charge $500 last summer. Fundraisers and alumni say keeping the program free is essential because charging tuition would make it unavailable to many students who qualify.

Committee members said they plan to lobby legislators to restore state funding to Governor's School for 2013.

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  • uncw05 Feb 2, 2012

    superman- I have no children, but I'm ok with my tax money going to schools, because if it were left to parents, we would be surrounded by uneducated people with no job skills, and our economy would be much much worse than it is. The reason we all pay for it is we all benefit from it (both when we attend, and in having a more educated society).

  • whistler411 Feb 2, 2012

    Keep it privately funded by donors.

  • WolfPackAlum Feb 2, 2012

    >>""Please dont depend on me and the other thousands of taxpayers who are not interested in feeding your offspring and paying for their education."

    I attended Governor's School and nearly everyone I attended it with is now an established professional - doctors, engineers, scientists, professors, published authors, business owners, etc. It is the educated who pay most of the taxes in this state, so stop complaining about this being some kind of charity.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Feb 2, 2012

    Thank goodness because the one we got obviously didn't graduate.

  • jason19 Feb 2, 2012

    "Please dont depend on me and the other thousands of taxpayers who are not interested in feeding your offspring and paying for their education."--superman

    You have got to be kidding me. We tried charity-based tax collection back in the days of the Articles of Confederation. Guess what? It did not work. You can be against waste and abuse in government without taking the radical views that you have decided to adhere to.

  • jason19 Feb 2, 2012

    North Carolina: home of the unstable. Just re-instate the darn funding. Who isn't against waste in government? But good grief, if *this* is categorized as a waste, we sure have went down a terrible, terrible road in modern times. When I think of waste, I think of buying huge televisions that have no real use, re-surfacing a parking that is already in good condition, etc. Educating gifted kids, quite frankly, does not come to mind.

  • davidk_at_unc Feb 2, 2012

    "Public education equals public welfare. Lets call it what it is." -- superman

    Well, in YOUR particular case, it was obviously a waste of time, money and other resources!

  • acc_blood Feb 2, 2012

    mep - this program is one of the jewels of North Carolina's education system (and while our public schools are adequate, especially in the metro areas, let's face it, there aren't a lot of jewels). The funding should never have been dropped. Think of all the money we're wasting so that BEH kids can feel better about themselves and stay in school longer - so WE feel better about OURselves. The state could have grabbed a small percentage of that money so that our most gifted sophomores and juniors can create a better educational experience for all. If you're not willing to spend tax dollars on this, then you should be opposed to all public education period (maybe you are).

  • westernwake1 Feb 2, 2012

    Excellent news to see the Governor's School being held again this coming summer. This enrichment program sets the stage for our future leaders to be successful. It is great to see private donors funding the program this year, but this is something that the state should really step up and fund.

    Public education and supplemental programs enhance the entire community. Any community without solid public education would be a stark ghetto where no one would wish to reside. This is why it is important to support public education in North Carolina; only the misinformed and bigoted would equate public education to public welfare.

  • superman Feb 2, 2012

    Before you have children please go to family planning and see a financial consultant. Perhaps you cannot afford children and you should adopt a dog or cat. Please dont depend on me and the other thousands of taxpayers who are not interested in feeding your offspring and paying for their education. The income tax dependent deduction is no more than a public welfare grant and public education is just public welfare education. The rest of us are paying for your sweet little darling. Please take your hand out of my pocket. Public education equals public welfare. Lets call it what it is.

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