Elizabeth City Daily Advance tells it like it is on K-12

The Elizabeth City Daily Advance had a dynamite editorial this week (maybe the best anywhere) about the ongoing assault on public education taking place at the General Assembly.

“If parents want to yank their children out of public schools and enroll them in a private or for-profit school, let them. But North Carolina lawmakers shouldn’t steal from public education to pay for it.

Across the country, Republican-controlled legislatures are pushing for private school vouchers paid for with public tax dollars to cover the cost of tuition. Florida and other states this year diverted some $343 million from public education to pay for private school tuition for nearly 129,000 students.

Louisiana recently shifted tens of millions in tax dollars out of its public schools to pay private industry, business owners and church pastors to educate children.

Republicans in North Carolina are also using their majority to try and push through similar private school expansion plans.”

Click here to read the entire article.




  1. Frank Burns

    June 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I’m still missing something from this editorial. Shouldn’t our goal be for a quality education for our children? Why should we care whether that education occurs in a private school or a public school?

  2. Alex

    June 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    It’s easy Frank…. they would rather provide a bad education in the public setting than to look at any other alternatives So what it boils down to is they simply want total control of the education process from Pre-K to college, and then be able to push their social agenda on the students. Very sad !

  3. gregflynn

    June 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    It’s in the State Constitution:

    The General Assembly shall provide by taxation and otherwise for a general and uniform system of free public schools, which shall be maintained at least nine months in every year, and wherein equal opportunities shall be provided for all students.

  4. Frank Burns

    June 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Greg, How would we be violating the NC Constitution if we are paying tuition for students who wish to attend private schools? It’s not like anybody is proposing the elimination of public schools, but there would be a reduction in head count.

  5. gregflynn

    June 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    The Republican House Majority Leader, Skip Stam, has proposed the elimination of public schools.

  6. Alex

    June 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I think he said bad public schools.

  7. gregflynn

    June 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    He said ALL traditional public schools.

  8. Alex

    June 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I hate to say it greg but the old K-12 public education system is a dinosaur, ill suited for what should be a knowledge-based model that can compete in a global economy. We need to embrace change and innovation in the system, not hang on to old unsuccessful habits that frankly haven’t worked for years. Turning out graduates with little or no specialized skills will get us nothing but high unemployment and a lot of frustration. Sorry but game’s over.

  9. gregflynn

    June 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    It has become fashionable to bad-mouth public schools, especially among those who do not support them under any circumstances and, find every opportunity to reduce funding. The fact is that public school performance has been improving while charters and private schools aren’t really any better.

  10. Alex

    June 9, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Under the current public system , we spend an inordinate amount of time and resources to deliver a very mediocre result in an attempt to raise the level of the low performers, and then forgetting about the high achievers. We used to compete against each other, and now we compete with rest of the world. Climb out of your time machine greg, and take a look around !

  11. JeffS

    June 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Again it’s clear that none of you public school critics have taken two minutes to look into the service K-12 provides.

    That you argue for “quality education” and then throw your support behind this kind of garbage makes you the worst kind of hypocrite.

  12. Gringa

    June 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I wish there were grants available for home-schooling. No one ever mentions that.

  13. silver price

    June 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Public schools don’t pay for anything. Taxpayers do. As a taxpayer, I PAY for public schools. And as the mother of a special needs child who is delayed be 2-4 years, I ALSO PAY for private school. This isn’t a question of whether the public schools should pay her private school tuition. This is a question of whether, as a tax-paying citizen, my child’s education should be funded just like that of every other child.

  14. david esmay

    June 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Alex, how is it we forget about high achievers? All five of our kids received great public educations. One went through the International Baccalaureate Program, two spent their entire high school careers in AP and honors programs, high achievers are hardly over looked. The programs are there, Honors, IB, Early College, etc.. It’s conservatives who are determined to turn back the clock and destroy public education by de-funding, under funding, or simply undermining the public school system.

  15. david esmay

    June 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

    If you really want to improve all public schools, calculate funding based on poverty and enrollment numbers, not property taxes. I think that our public school teachers have done an extraordinary job improving math and reading skills, along with graduation rates despite the best efforts of our state government to under cut their efforts whenever possible. I’ve lived in NC for twenty-five years and raised my kids here, but I grew up in Iowa and the attitude towards public education here will always mystify me. If you suggested cutting public education in Iowa, or anywhere in the upper mid-west, it would be political suicide, no matter what party you belong to, that is one public investment that is not up for debate. Look at the results, traditionally high graduation rates, high ACT and SAT scores, low unemployment, (except for the Reagan years).

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