Time to face the music

Legislators heading home after this lengthy session will likely find they have plenty of questions to answer from their neighbors. Many of those constituents are just now beginning to read what is (and what isn’t) in the new state budget.

Last Tuesday nearly 300 Granville County residents gathered at the First Baptist Church in Oxford to learn more about how the two year spending plan would impact them on the local level.

TogetherNC was there to capture the remarks and the mood of the audience. (You can watch the group’s three videos below.)

First up, Sheri Strickland with the NC Association of Educators refuted the notion by some Republicans legislators that the public education system in is broken:

Next, the Rev. Curtis Gatewood of Oxford and the NC NAACP called out Rep. Jim Crawford (D – Granville, Vance) for his support of the budget bill:

Finally,  state NAACP president Rev. William Barber spoke out about how devastating this budget will be for the state of North Carolina and its citizens:


  1. frances

    June 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Did the N/O run an article that there were no teachers or teachers’ assistants lost in Wake County? Does that appear to be the case across the state?

  2. gregflynn

    June 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    The N&O did NOT run an article that there were no teachers or teachers’ assistants lost in Wake County.

  3. frances

    June 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    “Tata announces no teachers in Wake County will receive a pink slip”

  4. gregflynn

    June 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Teachers and teacher assistants have already lost jobs in Wake County based on a county budget that assumed state budget allotment reductions of 5%. The reduction in criteria used by Wake was actually 6% in the final budget. Tata is claiming the additional 1% will not result in further lay-offs, that the loss can be absorbed in other areas, which are already lean. He assumes he can get a waiver from the requirement for an additional 5 instructional days, and he is only talking about the 1st year of the biennium. In 2012-13 there will be an additional $27 million hole. Tata is also ignoring a host of other reductions in the state education budget like transportation, dropout prevention grants, staff development, textbooks, and other adjustments/reductions that will severely limit his ability to use flexibility to avoid teacher cuts.

  5. jeff nelson

    June 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    My wish as an citizen, parent, and educator is that all of these so called leaders and professionals would start actually speaking accurately….The truth is that most counties will not be giving teachers and teachers assistants,which, to the people who support cuts this proves their point that teachers will not be fired. This has been made the issue but it is not the real issue. The problem is the point everyone has been sold is “avoiding pink slips” when the actual issue is “lost positions”, with the exception of arts, business electives, foreign languages, and other electives, most schools are avoiding pink slips by moving people, usually elective teachers into core academic classes, and then losing the elective positions. Then end result of this is increased class sizes and more importantly student teacher contacts. Personally, may classes have grown from 24 students per class, to 28, to 30 over the last several years. The problem begins to develop when this number is multiplied by the number of periods taught. On a standard 5 class schedule I had 120 contacts when I had 24 students..with projected student growth being 30 students per class, the number of contacts grows to 150. This is a 25% increase. This is often combined with the loss of support personnel, such as assistant principals and iss coordinators. Positions that reinforce the teachers ability to teach. Please, someone in authority have the courage to talk about the real issue and not hide it under the guise of doing people favors by not firing them. This is hiding the truth. I think the actual saying that fits is, “don’t pee on my back and tell me it’s raining.”

  6. jeff nelson

    June 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    And the motto, “do more with less” is kind of outdated….we did “more with less last year”…the motto this year should be “work miracles with nothing.”

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