Burlington, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point mark the first four stops for the “Real Solutions Road Tour,” sponsored by Americans for Prosperity and Pope Civitas Institute. While the advertising campaign is intended to praise the Republican leadership and the state budget, several superintendents are not calling the end results “solutions.”
Alamance-Burlington Schools Superintendent Dr. Lillie Cox told the State Board of Education last week that her school district would be making more cuts for 2012-13 – with another 48 teacher assistants and 24 teaching jobs on the line.
Dr. Don Martin, Superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, told the board year-after-year of cuts were “really wearing on everyone” in his district.
Martin noted that while the private sector was seeing some economic recovery, school personnel were facing another round of discretionary cuts, coupled with the loss of federal EduJobs money.
“You look at the private sector, they lost a lot of jobs, there’s also some recovery. They’re starting to offer pay raises. And our folks are stagnant,” explained Martin. “And I think if people had jobs to go to, they’re starting to look. We’re fairly close to Virginia, our northern neighbor, and I fully anticipate when those opportunities present themselves, people start to say, ‘Where can I do better for my family?’”
The AFP/Civitas tour comes on the heels of a new Carolina Issues poll that found that a majority of voters would trust their local school superintendent over state legislators (63% vs. 16%) to tell them what effect recent budget cuts have had on local public schools.
To hear the superintendents from Alamance-Burlington Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, click below: