Public Schools Forced To Pay Back The State

Today is the day, all public school systems across the state will have to fork over three-quarters of a percent of their budgets.

It's all part of statewide budget cut ordered by the governor's office last month.

Public instructions' portion amounted to $117-million dollars, of which they've found $59-million in state expenses.

Here in eastern Carolina, Onslow county will take the biggest hit, having to return $941,277 to the state.

Pitt county is next with $912,035. The school systems had 30 days to cut funds.


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  • by Melanie Location: Bertie Co on Dec 20, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    Great Idea! Let's bail out the auto companies and take away from education! Whos brainfart was this? Our children are the future of this country and their education is too important to ever skimp on. Our children deserve a stable ground to begin their lives with and without a chance at education that will never happen. I can't believe there are no other options here. Maybe if our country stopped handing checks over to irresponsible ppl who continue to have babies, never work and pass that down as a tradition and give these ppl a time limit to learn a skill and earn their own way, we wouldn't have so many probs. But if we are going to only pass out welfare to our kids to not work and give birth then I guess they're right.... our kids won't need an education to sign a check or slide a welfare card then right???
  • by FYI Location: Somewhere in eastern NC on Dec 20, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    Just a little info. Lottery money can only be used for scholarships, reduction of class size ratios in early grades, and school construction. Read about it here... http://www.nc-educationlottery.org/about_where-the-money-goes.aspx
  • by Buzz Location: outer/middle -IBX on Dec 20, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    Schools definitely need money to function. But it's always "more". Study the Wash DC and NY school systems, these are the most over funded yet worse systems in the nation. Right on Walter, back to the basics. And good deal Don, if we've converted 1 person away form the lottery, I will be able to sleep at night just a little better. Merry Christmas, Buzz-
  • by Jane Location: Kinston on Dec 20, 2008 at 04:42 AM
    Sure, it's a great idea to take money from the schools. Our country is in debt and no one can afford to pay for a "higer education" so why should we bother to educate our kids. They don't need an education to be unemployeed. Meanwhile, there is a state facility in Kinston (I won't mention the name) that employees a lot of big chiefs earning big bucks and too few indians working in the trenches making the little bucks. The chiefs can hardly find their way to the trench, much less do they know whats going on there. Why not send some of these chiefs on their way and the money that the state saves can go to the schools.
  • by Don Location: Plymouth on Dec 19, 2008 at 08:58 PM
    It just ain`t right to have an education lottery to feed the students minds, then pull the plug. I`ve spent my last lottery dollar until this changes.
  • by Donna Location: Greenville on Dec 19, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    I agree with the idea, someone really snowballed our state with the lottery idea, its for the children, then why is it not going there? We never should have voted the lottery for NC. We really got taken, didn't we.
  • by Walter Location: Jacksonville on Dec 19, 2008 at 07:25 PM
    First off, the lottery in this state was never the end all for education. Why do I say this, because in all the other states that used this tactic complain there is not enough money given to education. Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic are the fundamentals of any education. Any thing else is just extra. Everything that wasn't taught in the 70's and 80's should be dropped, the only exception would be computers instead of typing.
  • by Chrissy Location: Jacksonville on Dec 19, 2008 at 03:08 PM
    I agree with Sam...this definitely doesn't put N.C in running for best ran government in the US! I can't believe they would take that MUCH from the schools. That just seems insane. So children may have things handed to them more so now than ever, but is it really fair to punish the ENTIRE state for some snobby students "Buzz" feels are undeserving?! This whole ordeal is a crock and is absolutely NOT headed in the right direction.
  • by Jim Location: Greenville on Dec 19, 2008 at 10:27 AM
    This is not sarcasism, but real thoughts. How do you think the governor and his wife pay for their travel. They have to get the money somewhere and the schools as good as any place.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Dec 19, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    Next thing you know, if this rate keeps up for the next 10 years, the amount of State Employees will be cut in half, and you can put the blame on these crooked politicians up in Raleigh. The govenor and his wife and also the legislature. These crooks are bringing down North Carolina to all kinds of debt and will be well known as one of the sorriest state governments of the USA.
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