Jul
22

North Carolina First in Flight, Last in Education

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From The Progressive Pulse on the new budget, as it relates to education. Something wicked this way comes, folks.

“School vouchers: ‘Opportunity Scholarships’ to begin in year two of the budget, or for the 2014-15 academic year. $10 million set aside for $4,200 vouchers for students to use at private schools. Household income for those students cannot exceed 133% of the federal poverty level, at least for the first year.

Lawmakers will also decide this week on a separate bill that would give students with disabilities $3,000 per semester to use for private schooling.

Teacher tenure: teachers would become temporary employees with this budget. Instead of having ‘career status’, also known as tenure, teachers will have contracts that can be renewed based on performance measures.

Teacher pay: no raises for teachers, who have only seen a 1% pay increase in the past five years. Supplemental pay for teachers who have master’s degrees is gone, with the exception of those whose jobs require advanced degrees. A scheme for merit pay is included, with highly performing teachers getting bonuses in the second year.

Pink slips? Funding for teaching assistants was reduced by 21%. That cut will affect teachers, too, since many local districts also use that pot of money to fund their positions. And as we lose teachers, the cap on class sizes is lifted – so even more crowded classrooms to look forward to.

Pre-K: eligibility guidelines were not changed with this budget, and 2,500 slots were added. But since 5,000 slots are expiring this month, all this does is reduce the loss of pre-K slots by 2,500.

Charter schools: Language is included in the budget that calls for the State Board of Education to study virtual charter schools, including application requirements, enrollment growth and funding allocations.

The House budget proposal that included a half million dollars for PEFNC to develop charter schools in rural areas appears to have not moved forward.

Teaching fellows: The budget includes $12 million over the two year period for Teach for America, while the NC Teaching Fellows program is phased out.

Higher education: tuition will go up by 12.3 percent at UNC schools and community college students will also see increased fees.”

You can read more at The Progressive Pulse.

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It’s past time to start organizing and making sure that every registered Democrat has a state mandated voter ID card.

I would say this is unbelievable, but the rest of the budget is just a draconian, not to mention the last six months of GOP controlled North Carolina.

Honestly, what is wrong with these people?

Comments

  1. I don’t see why we need to care about public schools. Are there no workhouses?

  2. Andrew Dahm says:

    I’ve got a rising junior at an NC campus. Nathan Ramsey vote for this thing? He just ripped off like $1,400 of my money. And I blame him. Personally.

  3. Andrew Dahm says:

    I am much better now, thanks.

  4. N.C.Rohan says:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-22/virginia-republican-suffers-abortion-backlash-from-donors.html Doesn’t sound like the extreme agenda is attractive to the business community in VA. Don’t expect them to look further South now.

  5. Jon King says:

    Get a little more educated about Moffitt’s BFFs ALEC below:

    http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/07/10887/cmd-special-report-alecs-funding-and-spending

  6. TJ says:

    “Honestly, what is wrong with these people?”

    I compare what they are doing to those who were liberated from concentration camps in WWII…

    Prisoners were liberated, but, over the next days and weeks, they were dying. Finally, people realized why. They were SO starved in the camps, that, when they were freed, they were gorging, and, their bodies were shutting down from TOO MUCH food.

    The GOP has been starving for power, and, now, they are gorging themselves on insane numbers of harmful bills.

    They may not see it, but, they will self-destruct.

  7. TJ says:

    Another little something to honor Moral Monday courage:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rxwK0Iweds&feature=em-upload_owner

  8. N.C.Rohan says:

    Nathan Ramsey ?@NathanRamsey115 2h
    Handing out @NCStateDairy Howling Cow ice cream @NCLeg on House floor 2day – celebrating last full day session! @GotMilk @sedairy @NCstate Are the cows howling because they will soon be drinking from Frack-contaminated poison ponds?