Editorial: Heed the judge and really make public education the priority
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 -- Now is the time to heed Superior Court Judge David Lee's order in the Leandro public education equity case. "Work expeditiously and without delay to take all necessary actions" to meet the state's constitutional right to a quality basic education for every child.Posted — Updated
What to do about public education in North Carolina?
What is needed is action, not debate. There is nothing political about the report. Facts are not partisan. Anyone arguing the state now provides adequate resources for public education, or that the state does not have the money needed for schools, is wrong on both points. Your time is up.
It is time for citizens across the state, regardless of political affiliation, to come together in a dedicated and collaborative effort to demand that resources are brought to bear to meet the challenges defined by Leandro.
The North Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s singular focus on pushing for corporate tax cuts has ignored public education. It is time to put that in the past. These times demand change.
Michael Priddy, the Forum’s interim president, astutely pointed the way to get moving in the proper direction. “Let’s each of us resolve right now to take all appropriate steps to inform our citizens of this crisis and necessary solutions, and strongly encourage them to speak to those with the power and responsibility to act now rather than allow the lawsuit to linger for more decades.”
The parties in the lawsuit and the judge will be providing just that in the coming weeks.
Judge Lee has asked the parties to prepare plans to implement the first phase of the action program he had drafted to implement the Leandro reforms. It will be ready for presentation to the legislature in the coming short session.
Legislators’ response will be evaluated by the public. For those who fail to invest in our public schools now, voters will hold them to account in November.
Here comes the judge.
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