Over the last several weeks more than 30 local boards of education have gone on record urging state legislators to salvage the 25-year-old program, which offers partial scholarships to gifted high school students who agree to teach four years in North Carolina’s public schools.
Tuesday evening Wake School board member Deborah Prickett suggested they should not second-guess tough budget decisions made by state budget writers. But Dr. Jim Martin said that was exactly the board’s role:
“It is our charge to seek out and advocate for the resources necessary for the successful operation of our schools, making sure we have effectively trained teachers is one of those things we need to do,” said Martin. “It behooves us to advocate for this very important program.”
In the end, the Wake School Board approved the resolution 5-4 along a party line vote supporting the fellows’ program.
House Speaker Thom Tillis has indicated lawmakers may reconsider the section of the state budget that eliminated funding for this year’s freshman class and included language to eventually phase-out the program.
To hear part of the Wake County debate, click below. The full list of school boards asking to have the Teaching Fellows funds reinstated can be found below the video.
1.Alamance-Burlington Board of Education
2.Alexander County Board of Education
3.Asheville City Schools Board of Education
4.Avery County Board of Education
5.Brunswick County Board of Education
6.Cumberland County Board of Education
7.Davie County Board of Ed.
8.Duplin Co. Board of Education
9.Durham Public Schools Board of Ed.
10.Edenton-Chowan Board of Education
11.Elkin City Board of Education
12.Greene County Board of Education
13.Guilford County Board of Education
14.Hoke County Board of Education
15.Jackson County Board of Education
16.Martin County Board of Education
17.McDowell County Board of Ed.
18.Mt. Airy City Schools Board of Ed.
19.Onslow County Board of Education
20.Perquimans County Board of Ed.
21.Person County Board of Educ.
22.Pamlico County Board of Ed
23.Richmond County Board of Education
24.Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Bd. of Ed.
25.Robeson County Board of Education
26.Surry County Board of Education
27.Vance County Board of Education
28.Wake County Board of Education
29.Watauga County Board of Ed.
30.Whiteville City Board of Education
31.Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Bd. of Ed.