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Teachers sound off on possible loss of funding at HB2 air horn protest

Posted May 11

— Protests over House Bill 2 continued Wednesday night as critics say the bill could cost the state billions of dollars in education funding.

Teachers at an air horn protest said those cuts could hit them where it hurts most: in the classroom.

For Durham teachers Alyssa Putt and Millie Rosen, the noise from the air horns outside the Executive Mansion was not only a protest, but a way to blow off steam. They’ve already taken issue with state funding levels for schools and teacher pay.

“Six years of education to make $35,000 a year,” Putt said.

Now federal funding could be at risk in a lawsuit against the state over House Bill 2. Rosen and Putt said the loss of federal funding could disproportionately affect schools like theirs, where students are predominately from poorer homes.

“They will be affected by it. We will have fewer resources for them,” said Rosen. “The level of education we can provide, despite our best efforts, will go down.”

Now that the U.S. Department of Justice and state leaders have traded lawsuits over House Bill 2, the teachers could see the future of their classrooms go to court.

“It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating to be in that kind of system and be a part of it when all you want to do is make your kids’ lives at least a little bit better,” Rosen said.

On Thursday, House leaders are expected to start rolling out their budget plans, including any possible pay increases for teachers and state employees.

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  • Brian Bennet May 17, 2016
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    So the feds shouldn't have jumped in to finally put an end to the Jim Crow laws and segregation that the south refused to do?

  • Brian Bennet May 17, 2016
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    Arrest them??

    What happened to the right of EVERY AMERICAN having the right to peacefully protest? Geez, so much anger.

  • Brian Bennet May 17, 2016
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    Sounds like you don't see anything wrong with our teachers only making $35k with what is required for the job?

    I personally think that is an embarrassingly low pay rate for what we expect of them.

  • Roger Clements May 12, 2016
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    Lots of hypothetical examples that aren't real and never will be.

    In fact, the opposite would most likely be true. Municipalities could set environmental standards LOWER than state levels to entice industrial business to locate to their city/town over some other location in the same state.

  • Roger Clements May 12, 2016
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    “Six years of education to make $35,000 a year,” Putt said.

    That was your choice. Don't blame others when you make poor choices.

  • Tracy Darren May 12, 2016
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    Arrest every last one of them for disturbing the peace. Good grief. If I lived down there I would be irate!

  • Fanny Chmelar May 12, 2016
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    Well, with local governments unable to set their own ordinances, you end up with the State declaring Coal Ash water safe to drink - because they set the toxicity limits higher than what is considered safe, and make it illegal to say otherwise. That saves Duke a bunch of money right there.
    Is your coastal town flooding more? Can't use science to set local policies on development of your own resources. Developers love this one.
    Lots of examples.

  • Demute Sainte May 12, 2016
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    Well I think first you need to divorce gay civil rights (which have been clearly defined) and trans-gendered rights which have been mostly passed over. Hence the court battles. I also site every attempt to add trans-gendered to Federal EDNA laws have failed.

    I would argue, that the Justice Dept's statements regarding the use of various civil rights laws written about 40 years ago to extend civil rights to trans-genders is flawed. What the Justic Dept is attempting to claim is that even though 40 years ago both gay and trans-gender conditions were considered mental illnesses... the laws were intended to provide civil rights and bathroom access to them. Pretty sure that isnt true.

  • Ben Hill May 12, 2016
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    I would respectfully disagree with that. If it is a federal issue and a national vote, then local biases are immaterial. Civil Rights cases should not be left up to career politicians and the people they appoint.

  • Chris Cole May 12, 2016
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    It will definitely be interesting to see what happens. And yes, a lot of that is about money, but I think some are misguided in thinking Fed money goes towards teacher salaries. A lot of it goes towards resources. It's hard enough as it is to pay for supplies when you only make 35k a year.

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