“Instead of funding desperately needed 2 percent raises for state employees and a cost-of-living increase for retirees, the NC Senate budget continues diverting $582 million to a rainy day fund, which is too much money considering we are starving our public schools.”
Also, the NC Senate budget diverts more money for the voucher program and allows the funding to increase by $10 million each year through 2027. This means by 2027 the program would be receiving $145 million (adding $120 million to what they have already allocated to private schools via vouchers). More at “NC Senate Budget Would Dramatically Increase School Vouchers,” (WFAE, 6/1/16).
This shows where the NC Senate’s values are when it comes to public education.
The Washington Post carried this article, “The assault on public education in North Carolina just keeps on coming,” 5/18/16. It begins, “For the past five years in North Carolina, conservatives have dictated education (and every other policy) at the state level — and for students and teachers, the result has been a mess. A December 2015 report by a division of the progressive North Carolina Justice Center, N.C. Policy Watch, called “Altered State: How 5 years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina” explains in detail how life has changed in the state as a result of conservative policies. ” It links to the report.
Join Raleigh NOW at a letter writing workshop to write your representatives and/or local newspaper on this or other issues. The facebook event is at “Workshop on writing to representatives and newspapers.”
People can join teachers and talk to their/your representatives in Raleigh on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, with NC Association of Educators (NCAE) Day of Advocacy. At the NC Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St.