WNC school board speaks out against budget
Echoing similar sentiments from elsewhere in the education community, the Macon County Board of Education passed a resolution yesterday opposing the proposed state budget’s cuts to public education.
(Macon County, pop. 33,869, is a mountainous area largely covered by the Nantahala National Forest north of the Georgian border.)
The resolution takes aim at the legislature for slashing funding for teachers assistants by 20 percent, eliminating teacher tenure and diverting $10 million in 2014-15 to a school voucher program that would use taxpayer money to send low-income children to private schools.
“[The budget] we believe have tremendous potential to harm the interest of public education in general and the students and parents who avail themselves of it in particular,” the resolution reads.
It’s the first we’ve heard from a county school board, please let us know in comments below if there are others doing the same.
The budget is being debated now (as of 3:15 p.m.) in the House, click here to listen.