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Coalition aims to stop school spending cuts

Posted April 14, 2010

— Groups representing North Carolina teachers, school administrators and parents want to prevent more budget cuts to the public schools that were agreed to last year by the General Assembly and Gov. Beverly Perdue.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson spoke at a press conference Wednesday afternoon for the coalition called "Fund Schools First." The coalition wants to send a message to state officials before the General Assembly convenes next month.

The North Carolina Parent Teacher Association and North Carolina Association of Educators are also members of the coalition.

"We say stop the cuts. Restore the funding. Have the courage. Make better choices. Do what's right for our children, and fund schools first," said Sheri Strickland of the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Lawmakers are facing a projected $788 million budget deficit, about about 2 percent of the $18.9 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.

The second year of the two-year state budget approved last summer by lawmakers and signed by Perdue would reduce state spending by $100 million beyond this year’s spending. The budget would require another $80 million in local school district cuts beyond the $225 million this year in grades 4-12.

The coalition planned to release a school funding report.


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  • Plenty Coups Apr 14, 2010

    "Cut the current budget by 25 percent this year and 10 percent for the next few years. Start moving students to other educational venues (charter and private). Do not build even one more public school."

    Yes! Sounds great! The United States of Ignorance. Aren't you even aware (or apparently care) that when you compare apples to apples, public schools outperform private schools? And what about the 50% of Charter schools that fail miserably. Better to have an ignorant, illiterate society than have to pay taxes apparently. Check it out for yourself. Study after study proves it.

  • josephlawrence43 Apr 14, 2010

    ncguy: afraid that you are right. Something just doesn't smell right here---cutting programs that will certainly hurt NC Citizens, and still allowing illegal aliens to cruise through our school systems untouched. Like DHHS--they are cutting programs badly needed by citizens of our state--and not touching the illegals. And our elected officials will not even publically address this situation.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 14, 2010

    Far too much is spent on a system that is outmoded and outdated and continues to get worse every year. Cut the current budget by 25 percent this year and 10 percent for the next few years. Start moving students to other educational venues (charter and private). Do not build even one more public school.

  • jlg03 Apr 14, 2010

    StateMom- The NC constitution has always made provisions concerning the public funding of education.

    Cuts need to made to the education department for many of the superfluous programs (mostly the cultural and athletic). Secondly, discipline needs to be reintroduced to the school programs. Students lack respect for most teachers (liking a teacher is not the same). If the student fails to receive the discipline at home, there is little hope that a teacher stands a chance with the way it works in the schools today.

  • aspenstreet1717 Apr 14, 2010

    'Cut administrator's salaries'? heck no eliminate the positions -permanently.

  • miketroll3572 Apr 14, 2010

    Actually, the teacher salaries in this state are below the national average. Without competitive salaries, you can't attract the best teachers. You mention that taxes aren't the answer yet what exactly would you cut? Cutting administrator salaries would be a drop in the bucket. (not necessarily thinking you can't cut anything)

    Let them go then, nobody else is hiring in any school district in any state. I could care less what griping teachers do.....remember what they say....."Its for the children". Yea....right!

  • dahman Apr 14, 2010

    stop the cuts........NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! CUT! CUT! CUT!

    never have the triangle school systems ever had enough money. and every year they come back asking for and receiving more. (maybe the last year or so excepted)

    people, life is tough, do what you can with what you re getting. education is not a prima donna off limits type program. it has funding limits like everything else.

  • beachboater Apr 14, 2010

    Cut spending in ADMINISTRATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is too much admin already. Add the money to classroom.

    You can cut the education budget by huge dollars and still improve education. We've proved for years that you can't fix education by throwing money at it.

  • Caveman93 Apr 14, 2010

    Keep on spending and let me know how that works out for ya all!

  • findoutthefacts Apr 14, 2010

    Groups like this digust me....everytime they say that their budget is being cut, they forget to mention that they budget they came up with was their "wishlist". Brand new computers for everyone, free breakfast and lunch, state of the art visual aids, etc....Democrats like to talk about how republicans use fear tactics to get their way but democrats are the worst. They try to scare everyone with "they are cutting the budget and it's for the children" while the dumb democrat masses fall for it!