Cutting through the education funding smoke and mirrors

Here’s a budget story from the Associated Press that cuts through all the smoke and mirrors about what the final budget compromise really means for education.

When the loss of $259 million in federal money used to hire 5,400 local school personnel is taken into account, the 115 districts combined would have $189 million less to work with next year, according to data provided by the General Assembly’s nonpartisan fiscal staff. Democrats said the decline is the equivalent of 3,400 education positions.

That’s pretty clear. Schools have a lot less money to educate kids thanks to this Republican budget.

3 Comments

  1. david esmay

    June 22, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Phil Berger continues his quixotic quest to add to his steaming pile of increasingly absurd and inane legislation. The oxymoronic “Excellence in Education” ALEC authored bill is designed to destroy constitutionally guaranteed quality public education in NC. These maneuvers satisfy several aspects of the extreme right’s agenda, by under funding public education it will create an under staffed, poorly paid, demoralized, and under funded system. Once the essential functions of the department of Education are degraded it can then more easily be privatized. The inevitable and ensuing results will then be used as a argument for more cuts to public education. This has nothing to do with improving the quality of education for our children, it has everything to do taxpayer money being funneled into the pockets of corporations like K-12 and the people who run private schools. People like Phil Berger, Thom Tillis, and Stam the Sham, don’t give a damn about the welfare of our state. What they do care about is money, money going into their pockets, their cronies pockets, and the pockets of the people who buy them off.

  2. Frank Burns

    June 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    You all better get used to cutbacks in the federal money as that is fixing to dry up. We can’t afford it anymore.

  3. Sundance Kid

    June 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    All educators in NC should be shouting from the rooftops and the press should educate the residents of NC about what’s going down. This is the playbook of ALEC as you said above. Billions of dollars available for the picking in all kinds of privatising schemes. For instance one of the references in Berger’s brochure was from an organization, a think tank founded by a person in the online teacher certification business, big bucks. And the A-F bullshit in Berger’s plan is funneling $250 million annually to a private testing, ‘grading’ firm in Florida; and on-and-on.

    Sad day for education and our children’s future.