Nice try, “Honorables.” You don’t fool us. For the last decade, you have underfunded our North Carolina public schools, students, and teachers. You have sent a bad budget to North Carolina’s Governor. So on Monday we come to expose your slight of hand.
Six words you politicians on Jones Street never use to describe the state budget for public schools? “ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION AND ENROLLMENT GROWTH.” When you run the numbers with those factors, the results are ugly and your claims fall apart. Textbook funding down 40% since 2008-09. Funding for classroom supplies cut in half. 6700 fewer teaching assistants across this state.
Teachers, parents and friends of public schools will explain the real life consequences. Reporters will ask questions. And you, the budget writers of this state, will answer for your obfuscations. Get ready. Because we’re coming.
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