Rallying To Stop Education Cuts

School districts all across the state are scrambling year after year to meet growing needs. Now many fear they may have fewer dollars to do it.

The Pitt County School District says it would have to slash millions of dollars from its budget if the General Assembly doesn't make some changes to Governor Perdue's proposed 2010-2011 state budget.

Faced with less money, dozens of people rallied in Greenville Tuesday night to make sure lawmakers know Pitt County Schools can't handle those types of cuts.

Sheri Strickland is the President of North Carolina's Association of Educators that represents nearly 60,000 active, retired, and student members. Some of
those members gathered at J.H. Rose High School to speak out about the proposed state budget and what it could do to the Pitt County school system. School officials say a drop in funding might mean 60 fewer teacher and teacher assistant positions for the next school year.

Participants want to make sure state lawmakers know cutting school funding is not an option.

The NCAE plans to hold similar rallies across the state.

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  • by Teacher of 15 years Location: Craven on Apr 30, 2010 at 10:17 AM
    Bev Perdue has just proposed millions of dollars in cuts to Career and Technical education. Please contact legislators in your area to vote against her proposal that would eliminate teachers of our youth and the future workforce for eastern North Carolina.
  • by Distressed Teacher Location: Greenville, NC on Apr 29, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    I know that some of you commenting have said there is a lack of quality educators in Pitt County. I know a LOT of quality educators in our county that can't teach and do things the way they would like to do them because of overcrowded classes where they have to spend more time dealing with behavior issues than actually teaching. Add on top of that the extra daily demands the county continues to put on these overworked teachers, how can they deliver the quality education they are capable of?? And not to mention teacher assistants and custodians that are completely stretched to the MAX. And we go home at night and have what support to show for it. I know I personally can't pay all of my bills each month on my teacher salary & who has time for a part-time job when they have to work extra time with out pay to get all of the paperwork and extra things done since we have no where near enough support and supplies to get things done. Think about it? Come teach my class for a day and see!
  • by Dave Location: Washington,NC on Apr 28, 2010 at 06:03 PM
    Please Please note there are 2 people going by Dave. I am the Dave in Washington. Please do not confuse me with the Dave from Wilson. I would like to add that i agree with the writer that ask how Gov. Perdue sleeps at night. I bet the NCEA wishes they put their support behind another canidate. Gov. Perdue has stuck it to Teachers.
  • by Teacher Location: PCS on Apr 28, 2010 at 04:02 PM
    While I know that i'm "speaking for myself," I don't think it would be wise to make a wholesale elimination of TA positions in K-3, then turn around and give raises and bonuses to the remaining teachers at PCS. In an effort to keep the classroom fully staffed, I would be willing to participate in an across the board paycut involving all PCS staff from Superintendent all the way to custodian in order to balance the budget. The children should not have their education short changed due to the lack of staff in their classrooms.
  • by Major cut, will save jobs on Apr 28, 2010 at 03:37 PM
    STOP, the free breakfast and lunch program. The only ones that qualify are the same ones that get food stamps. My opinion is that if they get government assistance in the way of food stamps, use the money for food. This is double dipping. Its just another program that is being taken advantage of.
  • by Will on Apr 28, 2010 at 03:31 PM
    James: I'm not advocating just throwing more money at education - I'm advocating spending the money they get much more wisely. We should build sturdy buildings for a little more instead of crappy buildings that have to be repaired every two months and end up costing more because of that.We should reduce the number of students per class so teachers can spend more time with kids to make sure they understand the material. Expecting everyone to pay a certain fee for their child to go to school is elitism and no child would be able to advance their socioeconomic class if that was the case. Its already almost impossible to advance from poverty to middle class or from middle class to wealthy b/c of the way our system is run now. We're fast becoming a 3rd world country - 1% wealthy, 99% poor.
  • by hope Location: NC on Apr 28, 2010 at 03:21 PM
    Clean out the central offices. Keep the $ IN the classrooms. Cut taxes with the savings.
  • by Collossus Location: Somewhere on Apr 28, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    To me the biggest problem with education is, that education is not a priority in all households. But, the children in those households still have to be educated in public school setting. Smaller class sizes combat this problem. I do agree that monies spent in adminstration have to be scrutinize. However, with everything else costing more it is kind of expected that schools would need more as well. Education is an investment or seed planted for our youth. It may mean the difference in more productive citizens or convicted felons. Education needs to be thought of as a priority by everone regardless of backgrounds.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Apr 28, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    JD, public schools have to deal with the stuff they deal with because of the liberals in charge of the state, the government, the schools. Parents do not have to be accountable for their kids because their education is FREE. When you pay to send your child to school, their education becomes more important to you.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Apr 28, 2010 at 12:48 PM
    to Kimo Location: Belhaven on Apr 28, 2010 at 08:59 AM , the reason people don't just send all kids to private school is because you're paying for school TWICE. I still pay taxes which go to support public school, but pay more money for my kids to attend private school. Just call the schools, check the prices. It's not that much money per year, unless you have 5-6 kids.

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