A hearty congratulations to NC for dropping to 47th among the 50 states for per-student support for K–12 public schools. We now lead only Arizona, Utah, and Texas, and we are below both South Carolina and Mississippi. Congratulations for showing North Carolina's teachers, who have suffered the worst pay cuts of ANY state over the past decade, how much they matter to us. And congratulations to the Republican party for its exciting new budget, which cuts pre-K funding for poor kids, slashes school aid, eliminates all teacher assistant positions in the second and third grades (only kindergarten and first grade teachers would still be allowed an assistant—if the local school board wanted to pay for it), eliminates caps on class sizes in grades K–3, and cuts $400 million from what the schools need to maintain current funding plus enrollment growth. This shows INCREDIBLE foresight and wisdom! I'm so proud that my fellow North Carolinians showed such acumen in the voting booth, and that our elected officials--who either don't have kids in public school, or don't give a damn about them if they do--have such a keen ability to discern the difference between what is good for this state, and for children, and what is bad.
The behavior of this legislature is irrational and destructive. What is WRONG with these people.
One mistake: "North Carolina has dropped to 48th ... and now leads only Arizona, Utah and Texas."
Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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