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.
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?
Just a couple of sample shots of the Scrutiny Hooligan page from the beginning til now. Get out there and enjoy the day!
“If any of you happens to see an injustice, you are no longer a spectator, you are a participant. And you have an obligation to do something.” - June Callwood
“The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.” - Richard Bach
“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt
“I do not insist," answered Don Quixote, "that this is a full adventure, but it is the beginning of one, for this is the way adventures begin.” - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Over in the opinion section of the News & Observer one finds: “State Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker on Wednesday gave new details of a plan to spur economic development in North Carolina that could bring down the state’s stubbornly high unemployment rate.
“Although we’ve spent a lot of money and we’ve done a lot of good work, the needle isn’t moving, so it says to me we’ve got to do things differently,” she said.
This is great news. So how are we going to move the needle? Launch a massive state infrastructure program? Give tax credits for hiring? Cut taxes on middle-income and low-income earners to stimulate demand? Put more money into education? Reverse course on Medicaid expansion and allow billions of federal dollars to flow into the state economy?
Well, no. Decker says this is the plan: Consolidate regional and state economic development agencies and have the combined effort guided by a new private, nonprofit entity called the N.C. Economic Development Partnership…”
Read more here
What ya wanna bet Ramsey and Moffitt and McCrory all go to work for this new private business when they are no longer “serving” the public good?
We have seen this before in other states: privatize public institutions, paid for with the tax dollars of citizens, then go work directly for the newly private industries when no longer a politician.
These guys are in the pocket of national, out of state organizations like ALEC.
Watch them get rich selling the North Carolina to the highest bidder…
I had written a fairly angry post about Heath Shuler voting no on the health care bill; however, I deleted it because the reality is, after taking so much money from health insurance companies for the last few years, it really doesn’t shock me.
Just another multimillionaire politician, himself benefiting from government health care, who is taking money from big business and swinging their way.
For the record, I’ll not be voting for Heath Shuler again.
I might as well vote Republican: the result would be the same.
A local school put on a 26 minute show months ago in which they celebrate the accomplishments of America’s finest. Â A clip was posted to YouTube resulting in hysterical responses from anti-Obama radicals. Â City Councilman Carl Mumpower jumped into the fray, comparing schoolteachers to Nazis.
FoxCarolina reports “Jan Blunt with the Buncombe County School district said that the program included skits and music about people like George Washington, Clara Bartan and Amelia Earhart. The program also included a chant about then newly-elected President Barack Obama.
During that skit, the children talk about the importance of education and making America better. They also chant things like “change has come” and “yes we can.”
Blunt said that many of those parents, who she said gave a standing ovation at the end of the program, are now upset that their kids have been put on YouTube. She said that they feel their kids were not being indoctrinated.
“It’s unfortunate, I think, when these children, who are very patriotic and love America, want to succeed and are trying to encourage themselves to do well, are being made to be political pawn for someone else’s agenda,” Blunt said. “They did not have an agenda. The teachers didn’t have an agenda. They were celebrating an accomplishment, which is the first African-American president of our country.”
However, Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower, compares the chants to the programming of children in Nazi Germany.
“That event was about chanting campaign slogans,” Mumpower said. “There is a difference, a big difference. That is ritual behavior and that’s how you plug things into kids’ heads. I’ll come right out and say it. That’s exactly how the Hitler youth were programed prior to World War II.”
Blunt said that some of the parents of the students seen in the video are fearing for the safety of their children. She said that some of the teachers and parents have received hundreds of threatening e-mails and phone calls from people who call the program indoctrination.
The Citizen-Times reported “Some callers issued death threats, accusing the school of brainwashing students, schools spokeswoman Jan Blunt said.”
The public servants at a local Buncombe County school received death threats after his comments to the press.
Local parents fear for the safety of their children due to the video being posted online.
Only time will tell….
Newsmax columnist John L. Perry is calling for a military coup in America in his new column titled: Obama Risks a Domestic Military â€˜Interventionâ€™
“…Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a â€œfamily intervention,â€ with some form of limited, shared responsibility?
Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.
Military intervention is what Obamaâ€™s exponentially accelerating agenda for â€œfundamental changeâ€ toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obamaâ€™s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.
Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem. Just donâ€™t shrug and say, â€œWe can always worry about that later.â€
Read the entire article…
The hysterical nature of the far right-wing Republicans is truly frightening.
For those of you disheartened by the ugly, racist, irrational tone of the present debate on Health Care, and the continued right-wing hissy fit over the election of Barack Obama, this is worth watching
Crooksandliars.com has an excellent post up, regarding the 9/12 idiocy in Washington, D.C. Right-wing websites actually used Obama inauguration pictures to bolster their claim that 2 million people took part in the march; apparently, it was more like 60-70 thousand, but thanks for playing…
Stephanie Taylor was there to document teh crazy for us. Thank you, Stephanie!
Again, my question: where were all these angry people when George Bush took us into two wars, increased the size of the federal government (i.e. Dept of Homeland Security) and doubled the national debt in eight years? Mmmmm? That’s what I thought. These protests are the stuff of fear-mongering, bed-wetting, sore losers.