Some have paid lip service to similar reforms over the past decade but have failed to act.But we know an educated workforce is the cornerstone of a strong economy, and we’re notkicking tough decisions down the road.When Republicans took control of the legislature this year, reforming education was one of our first orders of business.The Senate quickly passed a bipartisan bill that lifts the cap on the number of innovative public charter schools – another measure opposed by guardians of the status quo.There is indeed a promise of high-quality public education in North Carolina. But it’s a promise politicians have yet to keep. That changes now.
Governor – What’s Your Plan?
As soon as House and Senate budget leaders announced an agreed upon budget deal, Gov.Perdue denounces it. Even though five House Democrats support the budget plan. This putsthe Governor in a pretty tight corner. She’s so devoted to keeping $1.3 billion of “temporary”taxes that she is apparently willing to shut down state government to prove a point, never mind breaking her promise to the people. Republicans are committed to keeping our word andletting “temporary” taxes be just that, temporary. I realized long ago that my word is all Ihave. Once you break your word all credibility is lost; your integrity is gone… How can weexpect the citizens of N.C. to believe us the next time when we say temporary?I don’t believe Gov. Perdue wants us to pass a budget in record time, without tax increases. Inother words, if we sent her own proposed 2011-12 budget to her unchanged, she would vetoit… After all, our budget in K-12 education is within 2% of hers, which amounts to about .25cents per day, per pupil, less than the Governor’s. She cannot say with any credibility at allthat Republicans are destroying education. She cannot… but she will… You will see.
Legislators reach bipartisan budget agreement
Raleigh, N.C. – State lawmakers reached a bipartisan budget agreement Tuesday that cutstaxes, reduces government spending by more than $1 billion, paves the way for thousands of new jobs, and makes important reforms to public education.The bipartisan compromise is a $19.6 billion budget that adds about $240 million more thanthe original Senate version to public education, funds all teaching assistants and classroomteachers, provides for more than 1,100 additional teachers in grades 1 through 3 to beginreducing classroom size, and develops a performance pay program for teachers and stateemployees.