State School Superintendent Deeply Concerned About Proposed Cuts

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, June Atkinson, said in Greenville Wednesday that she is concerned about some of the proposed cuts in the N.C. Senate budget.

Atkinson was at the NC Council of Economic Education banquet honoring students from across Eastern Carolina for achievements in money management. Ironically, the state is trying to manage a $2.4 billion dollar shortfall with education dollars.

The latest budget proposal from the senate committee shows there could still be deep cuts to education. With 60 percent of the state budget set aside for education, state senators have laid out a plan that is not as steep as the house budget, but could impact those much younger students--the three to four-year-olds. Atkinson says dissolving the NC Partnership for Children could cripple the future of our state.

Atkinson did say she's pleased there's funding for 1,124 new teachers .

The senate's budget proposal heads to the house for a vote next week.

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  • by Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    Martin County is building a 15 million dollar middle school, yet we have no money in the budget. Remodeling the old middle school would be much better.
  • by what a joke Location: enc on May 26, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    Deeply concerned?!? How a about deeply do something!
  • by Nova Location: SHNC on May 26, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    Here is what the State needs to do, cut her job, in fact cut all the county Superintendents positions. Every county does not need a Supt. break the school districts down into regions, and place one Superintendent over that one region. Don't take the Teachers or cut their saleries, we will not get anywhere with those cuts, I mean the teachers are the ones who say they are under paid. However the biggest cut within State Government needs to be the Department of Administration, close that whole department. Every Department within State Government has its own Administrative Section, make them work. Take a look at the Governors plan to combine the DOC, DCCPS, and DOJJ, what is the purpose so they combine them into one Department, so what you havent solved anything, you still have the high paying positions in all three departments. Cut them down to one head position. Look at the DOC right now, for 75 years there has been one Secretary of Correction, now they have a Secretary (who makes a 6 figure salary) and he has an assistant Secretary, whos job was created three years ago, not needed and she has a 6 figure or so close to it, it should be. Just study state govenment policies and Departments and you will see why the State of North Carolina is BROKE.
  • by greenville mom Location: greenville on May 26, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    If they cared soo much... then WHY, did they take money from the education budget to balance the state budget? WHY, did the state board of education force Rose High School to bus their athletes an average of 206 miles taking the average student athlete 17 hours out of the classroom? Not only did they create exceedingly high traveling expences but they have helped to distroy many dreams of young student athletes, who at one point in their lives thought of chasing after that dream. (for those that hate the school hate the school not the child) The extra added expenses, are all those Chiefs that they have so now they can't educate all the papooses. So lets take more from our children and line all those Chief's pockets in green. It's what we do best. We vote in those that care less.
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      by Teacher: to G'ville Mom on May 27, 2011 at 07:26 AM in reply to greenville mom
      My solutions to taking them out of the classroom to bus them to away games is this: A- closer games means they don't have to leave so early B- Always leave after school regardless of where it is- push game time back (that would suck for students to get home at 2 or 3 in the morning now wouldn't it?) Athletes and their parents sign up for missed classes when they decide to play. It is THEIR responsibility to make sure they make it up. And athletics aren't mandatory- schools dont HAVE to offer sports. The schools booster clubs pay for most everything and the money they make at the games is how they pay for everything else.
  • by Neil Location: Asheville on May 26, 2011 at 06:54 AM
    Well June Atkinson, what have you done to make our education system better??? NOTHING. CAUSE YOU'VE BEEN IN THE DEPARTMENT FOR 50 YEARS, and think that everything is all ok. No one see's you or hears about anything you do, they should have took the power of the superintendent years ago if they can't work for the betterment of a CHANGING CULTURE!!!
  • by Red Location: Gatesville on May 26, 2011 at 06:27 AM
    Like ellis, I am wondering where is the lottery money. If the lottery money was designated for education why is education suffering. When they want to make up for the shortfall of money they start attacking education. You speak of teacher assistant jobs being cut, well in my county and their neighboring counties, teacher assistant have already received their termination letters. Teacher assistants are needed and valued regardless of what people think.
  • by Beachbum3 on May 26, 2011 at 04:11 AM
    Question? why is there no talk of cuts to the contracting out of highway contracts that are overl fill with contracting fraud an abuse an waste an mis-mangament of taxpayers funding in the paying for the construction of the state highway system an there is also ususally federal dollars associate with the funding of ncdot there is sincere an deep need need for better an more intense oversight of these highway public funded taxpayers dollars that are being wasted an abused in the contracting processes thank you
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on May 26, 2011 at 02:43 AM
    Who cares about 3 to 4 year olds anyhow! Think about the old wealthy people who only have a couple houses and just a few cars, boats, etc. Take that tax money and give it to them and maybe, just maybe, when the 3 to 4 year old grows up, he can work at his business (or his son/daughter who will inherit it) for next to nothing.
  • by ellis Location: snow hill on May 26, 2011 at 02:28 AM
    where is lottery money...................????????????????
  • by Dawson Page Location: Ayden on May 25, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    HERE, HERE !!!! Mrs. Atkinson. Any and everyone who is concerned for the education of young people should speak out. This will not only effect eastern NC it will across the board, the whole state. Hunderds of job cuts and thousands of children loosing the opportunity to be brought up to the same level when starting school in kindgarten. This has been researched and is a fact. This program is a success since it's infancy in the Hunt administration. Raise the roof people.
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