Coalition Seeks To Halt State Budget Cuts For Public Schools

Groups representing North Carolina teachers, school administrators and parents want to prevent more budget cuts to the public schools that were agreed to last year by the General Assembly and Gov. Beverly Perdue.

A coalition called "Fund Schools First" scheduled a news conference Wednesday afternoon to attempt to send a message to state officials before the General Assembly convenes next month.

The second year of the two-year state budget approved last summer by lawmakers and signed by Perdue would reduce state spending by $100 million beyond the current year's spending. They include requiring another $80 million in local school district cuts beyond the $225 million this year in grades 4-12.

The coalition planned to release a school funding report.

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  • by educator on May 16, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    In response to cutting teacher pay. I have not had a raise in two years and took a pay cut. Tell me I already make less than 35,000 a year and spend over a thousand of that in my classroom because parents do not send in supplies. So if you want to balance the budget pay everyone what a thirteen year veteran teacher makes and then you can balance the budget. Don't just cut my pay cut yours too.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 at 05:17 PM
    They are cutting teacher pay to cover a budget that teachers had no hand in developing. I work as a teacher with a salary that is barely above the poverty level and they want to take more of my money! I had no involvement with the budget or spending the money. The only money I received was for my lousy paycheck. I spent my own money to buy basic supplies for my students and to fund field trips outside of the classroom. I also stay after school to tutor students free of charge. What does the state do to show their appreciation for my dedication to our future? They cut my pay! Maybe they should just shut down all the schools since teachers are so insignificant that giving us fair pay doesn't matter.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    Seems the more money that goes into education, the less educated the children are. For some reason it seems, that most the money the education system gets, does not go into educating the children.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:19 AM
    I've made this comment before but always get ugly comments in return but here goes again, Do a flat percentage pay cut for all school employees until the budget is balanced. That way no personnel has to lose their job and adequate personnel remains to work with the children.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    It's costs my wife and I $ 2200 per year to send our daughter to private school. Why does it cost 10 times as much to send a student to public school ?? I'd be willing to be that the children leave private school with a better education. More proof that states and government can not handle money.
  • by Back Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    Purchasing what is probably the most expensive piece of real estate in NC (located on Okracoke Isl.) and putting a multimillion dollar facility on that property for state employees is one reason why the educational budget is in the shape its in. Talk about stupid decisions. Who's running the show? Oh, I forgot; democrats. That figures.
  • by teacher Location: kinston on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:54 AM
    The cuts that are occurring are not for throwing more money at education, but to prevent the loss of even more classroom teachers and the basic necessities. We have seen our class sizes increase dramatically and even the best of teachers can't do a good job with too many children in one classroom. Also, for John, the people you call lazy and sorry already have health care through programs like medicaid. The health care bill is to address the millions of people who work forty hours and week, pay their bills and taxes, and still have no insurance.
  • by jerry Location: manteo on Apr 14, 2010 at 07:48 AM
    The education lottery website says "1.35 BILLION raised for N.C." ???????? Where is it?
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Apr 14, 2010 at 07:44 AM
    GBHB -- I think education is very important. I've been involved in it for almost 30 years; however, when we ask for more money, it has to come from somewhere. So if leaders are asking for more, they should be willing to say from where they think it should come AND specifically how the extra money will improve performance. Having been in education for almost my entire adult life and working with home schools, private schools, and public schools, I can assure you that simply throwing more money at it will not improve results until teaching students to read, write, reason, and apply mathematics becomes the top priority.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 14, 2010 at 07:30 AM
    Simple solution, charge illegals for sending their children to our taxpaid schools. Either that, or deport them back to where they came from. The problem, schools don't know how many kids will show up in school until the first day. Then we pay for bilingual teachers....costs are out of control when you can not "budget" your costs.
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