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“The single greatest threat to our public schools….” (video)

Education Week continues at the General Assembly Wednesday with members of the NC House hearing from North Carolina’s Principals of the Year.

On Tuesday local school superintendents had a candid conversation with House Speaker Thom Tillis.

Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Ed Pruden called proposed legislation to offer tax credits or vouchers for students to attend private schools “the single greatest threat” facing public education:

“In tax credits and vouchers we see profound issues of accountability, accessibility, and public finance,”read Dr. Pruden in a prepared statement. “In North Carolina and across the nation there’s a coordinated effort to pass laws that would divide schools into two tiers, thereby recreating a dual system of public education in the United States.”

To hear more from Superintendent Pruden’s remarks, click below. You can watch the full two hour hearing here on WRAL.com.

Also be sure to read reporter Lindsay Wagner’s post on the laundry list of other concerns Superintendents’ outlined for legislators.

3 Comments


  1. Jack

    February 27, 2013 at 10:11 am

    “In tax credits and vouchers we see profound issues of accountability, accessibility, and public finance….”

    Hit the nail on the head, especially accountability although the three are considerable issues.

    Privatizing NC’s public school system invites misappropriation of funds and overall corruption. The charter school system is a scam that will be perpetrated on the people of NC by the very representatives we voted into office.

    Perhaps we need to rethink who we vote for next time around. I mean, we voted in a Governor but got a Pope and it doesn’t look as if he’s going the resign anytime soon.

  2. david esmay

    February 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

    The NC GOP assault on public education can be boiled down to this, they desire to provide a far more expensive, yet increasingly inferior public education for the children of NC, for a profit.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    February 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

    The greatest threat to funding for education is the funding of medicare and of medicaid.The rise in interest rates in the coming years will force the government to spend as much on interest as for defense. The explosion of the baby boomers and the need for services for them will create more poverty. We have a math problem in adding 500,000 to the rolls of mediciaid at the national level. At some point, the feds will have to pass the cost of medicaid back to the state. Bluepoint/Blueprint must have skipped their math classes.

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