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  • tigo7 Feb 28, 9:48 a.m.

    Really tired of hearing from the whining school system. I wonder why the media doesn't research and show the beurocracy associated with the school system. There are about 3 beurocrats for every teacher in the classroom and only in NC can the administration figure out we have to cut classroom teachers. Duh, if you cut out the beurocrats and the needless regulations there is likely enough money to give a raise to the classroom teachers.

  • sceeter Feb 26, 3:10 p.m.

    "..In North Carolina, the automatic budget cuts would pull $67 million from North Carolina schools, putting the jobs of about 1,500 teachers and school employees at risk, Atkinson said..."

    1500 divided by 100 counties = 15 employees per county...

    certain that each county's school system can find 15 employees of some rank and file OR simply do not re-hire for those who retire, quit, get arrested, or whatever.

    I've been laid off a few times (no fault of me own) due to budgetary cutbacks to private sector services (Mental H/SA/DD)... really, after a while... you just get used to it being a part of working in NC.

    Oh, but wait... now that the Governa has cut weekly UE allotments and cut back the # of weeks in which to receive.. guess those 1500 will have to look at Walmart, or McDonald's, or cleaning hotels.. like 10s of 1000s of others. Also, Food Stamps, Medicaid, and Aid for children.. like 10s of 1000s of others.

  • vsusu2002 Feb 26, 3:02 p.m.

    I thought Lottery money was suppose to go to towards education. It seems like every since the lottery was established in NC, the education field has been hit with cuts.

  • josephlawrence43 Feb 26, 2:56 p.m.

    wow--the national socialists have this thing orchestrated down to the smallest degree...They are all singing the same songs of gloom and doom if they don't get more monry to spend. Has anyone considered that the 2.6% cuts are not cuts just reductions in the rate of spending increases. Like to know just how much of an increase did the Education dept. receive over last year in terms of real dollars??? For example--the us dept of transportation is sitting on over $500 million extra dollars over last years allotments--and they are crying that the air transportation system is going to do fold up and blow away...lets get away from the koolaid there folks--a little reality is called for here.

  • shaun2xlife Feb 26, 2:42 p.m.

    Why should we shoulder the responsiblity for feeding and educating your offspring. superman

    Same reason veteran's lose their lives for the masses who have never stood up and fought for this country but claim they love the U.S.A. so much. We are a community whether you like it or not. Selfishness is not a good trait no matter how you package and sell it.

  • delilahk2000 Feb 26, 1:57 p.m.

    DO AWAY WITH ALL THE PERKS IN WASHINGTON.....LIKE THE MILLIONS FOR OBAMA TO KEEP CAMPAINGING........THAT IS ALL HWE KNOWS HOW TO DO........VAC. AFTER VAC.......20 MILLION ALONE JUST FOR HIS USELESS CHRISTMAS VAC.......ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

  • Whatdaheck Feb 26, 1:57 p.m.

    "How come everything Barry has been a part of is some kind of emergency or crisis. Has anyone else noticed that?" Crumps Br0ther

    Because he liked the lesson he learned from Rahm Emanuel: "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. Now what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you didn't think you could do before". So now this Administration manufactures and magnifies crises.
    ********
    As I've been saying lately: seek truth and don't ever be afraid of what you might find. What I mean is when you read or hear something, even from a source you trust, don't just trust it, verify it. Then think about what you learn and apply it to your worldview.

    Realize that we are dealing with politics her and that means an entire world of smoke and mirrors. The 1st step is to debunk the lies and replace them with truth. After that you have to get understanding of the new truths you've discovered and that my friends takes time, effort and, most likely, some outside help. But it is worth it!

  • jason19 Feb 26, 1:56 p.m.

    "If the NEA & AFT unions have any say, they'll throw out the desk/seats and make the kids sit on the floor before they fire a teacher."

    There are no teacher union or state-employee unions in North Carolina. At all. They are illegal. North Carolina state workers cannot even strike, which is why the General Assembly can continue laying off state workers, cutting benefits, and stifling pay with no backlash.

  • delilahk2000 Feb 26, 1:55 p.m.

    THERE ARE OTHER PLACES THEY CAN CUT WITHOUT TOUCHING ED.....LIKE ALL THE FREEBIES AND HUD ETC.........

  • bngexpress Feb 26, 1:55 p.m.

    oh my , oh my , the sky is falling . the quickest way to get people to pay attention is to take from children , the sick , or the elderly , all you have
    to do is say it might happen and people have a fit.

  • jason19 Feb 26, 1:55 p.m.

    "lottery money?"

    Yes, the lottery money will continue being there. Not sure what that has to do with federal money, though.

  • jason19 Feb 26, 1:54 p.m.

    "Had the chance to cut the 'fat' in the administration part, but didn't."

    Schools across most of the U.S. -- but *especially* in North Carolina -- have already axed too much administrative staff. Not having support staff is one of most teachers' biggest complaints. What you are saying about the "administrative fat" is factually incorrect and is an outright lie.

    "Meh, businesses have learned to do more with less so can the schools."

    Schools did well before businesses.

  • hoopster Feb 26, 1:33 p.m.

    That is the problem Crumps Br0ther, you want to blame the POTUS for everything that goes wrong. Look in the mirror and you will find the horror story that you are looking for. From day one it has been a struggle and no matter what he does, it is his fault. Have you researched the approval of the US Congress lately!! There you will find your culprit!!

  • too-obvious Feb 26, 1:22 p.m.

    lottery money?

  • veyor Feb 26, 1:13 p.m.

    It also will hit federal control of our schools "hard".

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 26, 12:52 p.m.

    How come everything Barry has been a part of is some kind of emergency or crisis. Has anyone else noticed that?

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 26, 12:51 p.m.

    Meh, businesses have learned to do more with less so can the schools. The teachers will just have to be more creative in their indoctrination moving forward.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 26, 12:02 p.m.

    Had the chance to cut the "fat" in the administration part, but didn't. Don't see much effort in that part going away. In NC, there are position in Fed,state and local that all do the same thing. I'm all for support of our school, but there is a lot of money being wasted still. In the top, and the bottom still doing without.

  • bill0 Feb 26, 11:34 a.m.

    "How about increasing the taxes for people who have children and let them pay. There are hundreds, maybe thousands or even more people in this county and this state who do not have children. Why should we shoulder the responsiblity for feeding and educating your offspring."

    Because pretty much every adult was once a child in public education.

    "If the NEA & AFT unions have any say, they'll throw out the desk/seats and make the kids sit on the floor before they fire a teacher."

    There are no teach unions in NC. Despite the lies you might hear on talk radio, collective bargaining is illegal for public employees in NC. It's quite unfortunate because kids in states with teachers unions are getting a better education.

  • gman007 Feb 26, 11:20 a.m.

    If the NEA & AFT unions have any say, they'll throw out the desk/seats and make the kids sit on the floor before they fire a teacher.

  • xylem01 Feb 26, 11:16 a.m.

    GASP! They sky really may fall.......

  • superman Feb 26, 11:10 a.m.

    How about increasing the taxes for people who have children and let them pay. There are hundreds, maybe thousands or even more people in this county and this state who do not have children. Why should we shoulder the responsiblity for feeding and educating your offspring.

  • br549znc Feb 26, 10:51 a.m.

    Worrying about it won't change anything. It's going to be all right. Relax.

  • deansjam2 Feb 26, 9:52 a.m.

    Extortion from the White House! There IS NO BUDGET CUT because, 1. There IS NO BUDGET. 2. There IS a cut in federal spending GROWTH but even so, federal spending allocation is MORE than last year's spending. My advice to NC Education Dept: Divorce yourself from any and all federal dollars. We, as a state, can and should take care of educating our children!

  • aspenstreet1717 Feb 26, 9:14 a.m.

    The math does not work. These 'massive cuts' are in fact very small.

  • joeazar Feb 25, 7:55 p.m.

    I don't get the math here....if $3B has a 40,000 employees how does $67M equal 1,500? Someone needs to fact check or there is a lie being told here.

    Regardless, having run large enterprises for over a decade this sequester that causes 5% budget loss is a no-brainer. Given govt excess i firmly believe they could cut every dept's budget by 10% (including the Pentagon particularly as we wind down the Middle East commitments) and not miss a beat. Starve the beast and get money flowing to private sector and we commence a turnaround that all can share

  • Dnut Feb 25, 7:53 p.m.

    You don't huh? How about we just open the doors of every state and federal prison/detention center and county and city jails, and just let them ALL walk out....see what'cha think then!! Dnut

    THAT'S why I fight for my second amendment... they already let too many criminals walk free.
    I agree, but there's a ton of them, and you let them all out...they arm themselves, we'll have a serious problem, just saying, I'd like for them folks to keep there jobs, and get paid well for keeping them locked up!

  • Dnut Feb 25, 7:50 p.m.

    Let's be clear, there will be a paycheck and a half lost by federal employees....most would agree, it needs to be done, those who pay attention anyway. The problem is those spending the money are NOT stopping the spending, the money will not go to the NATIONAL debt. If we could get it down from 16 to say 15 or 14, 10 would be great, we'd see some head way. But your elected officials aren't working in that direction...why, because you continue to vote for the ones that shell out the goodies....Look in the mirror America....there's a lot of people getting something for NOTHING, at least the federal/Military, are working for there's!

  • mep Feb 25, 7:49 p.m.

    You don't huh? How about we just open the doors of every state and federal prison/detention center and county and city jails, and just let them ALL walk out....see what'cha think then!!
    Dnut

    THAT'S why I fight for my second amendment... they already let too many criminals walk free.

  • Terkel Feb 25, 7:44 p.m.

    Someone correct me, but don't we buy laptops for the students who can't afford them?

  • Dnut Feb 25, 7:42 p.m.

    @avidreader: What are you talking about? 1) The president only sends a recommended budget to congress. The House actually creates whatever they want. 2) The sequestration was a republican plan. There are a billion articles about how they were all for it until this week. 3) The WH did release a plan to avoid sequestration, it was back in September. You can literally find it by googling White House Sequestration Plan. 4) The sequestration plan affects both the current budget through September 2013 and future budgets. The current cuts are 1 years worth of cuts in 7 months, making the cuts more significant to budgets than they otherwise would have been. I'm not sure where you get your news, but its obviously not the website your commenting on. Redeker...All lies, the White House did post something on the website, but it was not last September as a counter proposal, it was there design, that was agreed by everyone to what is about to happen. Check your source!

  • Dnut Feb 25, 7:36 p.m.

    I have no problem with Government employees losing their jobs. The rest are just going to have to do more......whatelseisnew
    February 25, 2013 6:17 p.m

    You don't huh? How about we just open the doors of every state and federal prison/detention center and county and city jails, and just let them ALL walk out....see what'cha think then!!

  • jdupree Feb 25, 7:29 p.m.

    Eliminate the ESL (English is Second Language) teachers who teach foreign speaking students on a 1 teacher to 10 student ratio while English speaking students sit 30 to a teacher and send the non-english speaking students to their own homeland. That should more than take care of the cut funds!

  • djhartm Feb 25, 7:25 p.m.

    @carborroyouth

    This is an endemic problem in government and public schools in particular. Have you ever witnessed the vast waste school districts are guilty of; it is mind boggling. And just like in government where there is zero fiscal responsibility, nobody cleans house. Instead they ask for more money.

    Enough is enough.

    Until you personally have seen what I have, do not come on here blathering on about another sob story of how deficient our public schools are in terms of funding. Surprised you didn't wind-up blaming the GOP as well, just for coverage.

  • ronzo Feb 25, 7:24 p.m.

    Whenever there is a so called budget crises, the first things to go are parks and education. Maybe we should look at another area as a first line of fiscal cutting.

  • Crayzee1 Feb 25, 7:23 p.m.

    5%? that's it? Surely someone in the economics department could figure out how to cut 5% without firing 1500 people. DRAMA

  • can u believe it Feb 25, 7:19 p.m.

    You liberals need to wake up. First off, the sequestration was Obama's idea, as noted by the WH Press Secretary. Second of all, the "spending cuts" are discretionary, meaning, the money can be withdrawn from whatever department, organization or sector they choose. This is all a ploy to pull at the heart strings of the LOW INFORMATION VOTER. I cannot believe you all support this President as if he truly has your best interest at heart. The fact that they are threatening the schools and emergency response employees should show you how heartless they are. Open your eyes and do your own homework.

  • jdupree Feb 25, 7:19 p.m.

    Tuition goes up because a spineless administrator allowed the school to hire an African Studies Program director at $172,000 per year in a curriculum that was absurd to begin with. Well, he stepped down and what did they do, replace him. How many jobs have you seen for such a degree. Education spending is out of control, just like most government controlled programs!

  • stymieindurham Feb 25, 7:14 p.m.

    obama had rather take to the highways with his travelling road show than stay in DC and do his job. Aren't you people tired of him yet?!!!

  • NamVet68 Feb 25, 7:13 p.m.

    You people must realize that every time there is a cut in something, it's to pay for the moochers who has not and will not ever contribute anything to society. Cut them out and you'll have the strongest military, the best roads, schools, medical care, and communties in the world...etc. It's not about blaming a democrat or a republican, it's all the MOOCHERS and their free stuff. Wise up you fools!

  • carolinagirl1976 Feb 25, 7:13 p.m.

    People, you are being lied to by your government!! There are no 'cuts'. It is a decrease in the amount the budget will go UP by about 2%!! And it is over a 10 year period, not all at once! This is ridiculous! Liar, liar, pants on fire!!!

  • uscnnc Feb 25, 7:11 p.m.

    Who cares? This is all scare tactics, and it usually works on uneducated voters. Take the Transportation Administration, even with sequestration cuts they will have a budget that's $500 million higher, than last year. It's not $85 billion in cuts on March 1st, it's about $35 billion that's spread out...not all at once. It's DC math, they say they cut spending, when all they cut is projected spending. Instead of increasing a budget 8%, they'll settlle for 5% and call that a cut. It's all scare tactics, directed to the uneducated voter.

  • stymieindurham Feb 25, 7:11 p.m.

    "When does this nonsense ever end?"

    It probably would have ended a long time ago if obama and the senate democrats would have presented a budget. THEY STILL HAVEN'T!!!!

  • retiredcfcc2 Feb 25, 7:10 p.m.

    Cut Cut Cut Cut that's what this country needs.Stop stop stop stop this wasteful spending. Also, tell "YOUR", not mine, traveling leader,big time golfer to stay in DC and try to work out our country's problems. Think of the cost it takes for him traveling all over the world spending taxpayers money. But, that's right, taxpayers money, not his.

  • mep Feb 25, 7:08 p.m.

    When the Feds cut funding... everyone comes up with a sob story.

    Maybe we could do without a few of these spending items:

    http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=b7b23f66-2d60-4d5a-8bc5-8522c7e1a40e

    Besides.... Obama got a $600 Billion dollar tax hike... where is THAT money? And how about the Sandy Relief and unemployment extension bills.... they account for more than $85 billion... and Congress had no problem spending it. HOW ABOUT SOME CUTS FOR A CHANGE!

  • carrboroyouth Feb 25, 7:05 p.m.

    "We already have budgetted more than enough." -timexliving

    Really? Then why does tuition go up every year? Why are there not enough textbooks for the classrooms? Why is the infrastructure of many schools lacking? Why are we cutting out the arts, special ed programs, teachers, and teacher's aides? Why are classes teaching 30+ students at once -- with not enough desks for them to sit? Why are kids holding bake sales to raise money for field trips? Why can we not hold onto good teachers?
    This is not about buying iPads for all the kids in public school

  • djhartm Feb 25, 7:05 p.m.

    Oh boy, time to get all teary-eyed ahead of the big push for more school bonds.

    When does this nonsense ever end?

  • twetherby Feb 25, 7:03 p.m.

    No one wants their budget cut, despite the fact that every single budget has fat in it. Take this "draconian" sequester. The sequester only cuts the RATE OF GROWTH of these programs, it does NOT actually cut the program. So, all the complaining and whining has to do with the fact that their precious budgets will not grow at three times the rate of inflation, maybe only twice the rate of inflation.

    People, think. If cuts are not made, these programs will not be able to continue anyway. We already fund these programs by borrowing 46% of every dollar that is spent. That is unsustainable. Go ahead and argue for all your favorites, the more that is spent, the quicker this all comes to an end...and not in a good way!

  • westernwake1 Feb 25, 7:01 p.m.

    "NC Education Funding (federal, state, and local):

    2007-2008 8.14 billion 2011-2012 7.14 billion" - pss3

    You are way low...

    North Carolina 2012 Pre-primary thru secondary education = $10.8 BILLION

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/year_spending_2012NCbc_13bc1n_20#usgs302

    BTW - do the math - a $67 Million cut to 10.8 Billion or to 7.14 Billion is not 5%

    67 Million / 7.14 Billion = 0.93%

    67 Million / 10.8 Billion = 0.62%

    This is NOT a crisis. Nobody is going to lose their jobs. The cuts don't even take place at the earliest until June. The cuts are phased across 2 years for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 school years. This is a manufactured crisis.... basically a publicity stunt.

  • Terkel Feb 25, 7:00 p.m.

    Whoa now. First the story says 1500 teachers and staff, but at the very end it says 350 teachers and aides. That's an average of about 4 per county. The kids missing out on the govt day care are about 15 per county. Let's keep our heads.

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