Education Debate In State Budget Proposals

A Senate budget proposal unveiled Monday includes deep cuts in public education.

At the top of the Senate's list: increasing the average size of public school classrooms by two students through the 2010-11 school year, at a savings of $322 million annually. Lawmakers faced a $3.4 billion budget gap for next year.

Governor Perdue has said she adamantly opposes such an idea, which would reverse several years of efforts to lower class sizes,
particularly in early grades. Her office says the Senate's plan could eliminate more than 6,000 teaching positions.

Senators say the larger classrooms would be temporary and that most of the reduction in teacher employment would come through attrition as teachers retire, move out of state or change careers.

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  • by Linda Location: Greenville on Apr 8, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    how about giving our state income tax refund back - enough is enough
  • by homeschool advocate Location: EasternNC on Apr 8, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    Or pee dee you may have a 16 year old who is ready to start dual enrollment at one of our community colleges and well on their way to a 2 year degree by the time they are 18. And by the way classes taken while doing dual enrollment are Free. You just have to know what you are doing when you homeschool. And as far as a diploma, I had just as soon my children go in and get their GED than to be influenced by alot of what is in the public schools. For example, haven't you seen all the teachers having sex with students these days. I homeschool for religious and moral reason but my children are also getting a good education. Homeschooled children have proven themselves over and over. And there are ways to get a diploma as well. Good Luck Also For Homeschool! You Can Do It!!
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Apr 8, 2009 at 10:35 AM
    The government is beating this dead dog again. Education is not a priority. If it were there would not be pork barrel projects in the state, inproving highway 70 for GTP, etc. Why not reduce the pay out on the lottery and give it to the school system.
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Apr 8, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    Be careful when homeschooling. If you wait too long to get the child in public school they might not have enough teaching to qualify for a high school diploma. Then you will have to make a 16 year old start high school as a freshman and be 20 when they graduate. It has its benefits but make sure you know all of the ins and outs with needed qualifications to obtain a high school diploma.
  • by Also for homeschool on Apr 8, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    I'm planning to start homeschooling this fall. I also encourage anyone to weigh the true costs of your job versus staying home with your children. Consider your transportation costs, clothing, lunch out, daycare costs. Many times you are not really making much more than it is costing you to work. Cut the cable, cut down the cell phone plan, drive an older car. It is possible. Our children are worth the sacrifices. Not to mention the rewards both you and your children will reap from you being home with them and educating them. I work mostly from home and I realize not every job can do that, but ask and try it! In this age of technology, many jobs can be done just as easily from home.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 8, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    Dave, you got that right. Look at the job the government has done with Social Security, Medicaid, Schools, energy, military, yes, sending troops ill prepared for the task at hand and government. Yes, government. They get raises no mater the economy and spending out of control. Whenever schools are private they actually give better education. Yet, the state fights them since it makes their system look bad. Even the feds don't want to give a tax break when people who send kids to private schools and still pay for taxes for public schools. I say tea party time.
  • by homeschool advocate Location: easternNC on Apr 7, 2009 at 07:51 PM
    As for that cost of homeschooling, let me say that it does take a conscience move to live on less. Trust me I know that sacrifice and it is hard. But I know of single moms who are homeschooling all by themselves so it can be done. Easy? No, but still attainable. But our children are worth the sacrifice. But with that said no one can judge your situation but you. So please know I am not judging but only encouraging you and others to consider the option.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Apr 7, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    How do we go about getting an aduit of the lottery showing where the money went? Georgia taxes arrived from hunting/fishing(sales of guns, ammo,rods, reel lures etc) were to go to the Dept. of Naturel Resoruces. However through the efforts of a local hunting/fishing paper and its reporters found that these taxes were gonig into the general fun. The paper made sure the funs were restored to the dept. of natural resorses. Now what do we have to do to get an aduit of the "education lottery" system. Anyone know......?
  • by Buzz Location: Mill Creek on Apr 7, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    Right on Dave from Wilson, anything that the government throws money at fails. NOW we(me not included) are begging the goverment to run our health care. What a MISTAKE that would be. you think people are crying about education and the lottery, Huh! And by the the way some of us tryed to inform the people about the lottery but everyone was drunk thinking they were going to win, who cared about what happens to the procedes, (if there are actually any). The lottery was nothing but another meathod for the legislators to get more spending money. That's obvious to most of us, or it should be. Buzz-
  • by Sigh Location: again on Apr 7, 2009 at 03:01 PM
    PLEASE someone tell me----if government has the same amount of money that they always have had------who IS getting money???? They take away jobs from every aspect----where is all the money going---tell me, PLEASE!!!
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