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.

Resolution for Opposition to Impending Legislation (2) by NC Policy Watch


The budget is being debated now (as of 3:15 p.m.) in the House, click here to listen.


  1. Frances Jenkins

    July 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    This is again false information by this nonprofit to further the cause of Democrats and Bluepoint. School systems get to keep their money commonly referred to as flex spending. For Macon County, it is well over a million dollars. I can not believe the half truths to promote the cause of lies.

  2. Spanky Lavalliere

    July 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Actually, school systems are forced to revert a portion of their budget back to the state. This allows the local systems the “flexibility” to cut, but in reality is just a cover for the politicians in the GA so that they don’t get accused of cutting teachers.

    You clearly are clueless when it comes to the workings of educational budgets.


    July 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm


    Your accusations are false, and I see you comment here often.

    I suspect your name is also false, and perhaps you’re getting paid by the comment.

    Here’s what I’d like to see: Comments using real names, so credibility of the commenter can be judged.

    From what I can tell, “Frances,” you’re trying degrade the credibility of a professional reporter.

    Show some bravery. Use your real name.

  4. Joan Maki

    July 24, 2013 at 6:39 am

    The school cuts have hit statewide, but it’s almost like the governor and Republican legislature have a vendetta against WNC. Our rural school face more problems because of location and difficulty of travelling.Macon County has one central high school with two mountain K-12 schools. This situation is unlike any other in the state. You can’t furnish the same type and quality of education in smaller schools because of faculty and technology demands, etc. which are not treated the same as individual schools. Our roads are rougher on our school buses, but we have to make them last as long as buses that never leave city streets. We may have fewer constituents voting because of location, but we can speak long and loud and constantly, until someone listens. If it’s not a Republican who is in office, someone else will listen and care. Thanks to Macon County Board of Education for stepping up and trying to get people involved in the cause of education. That is our future.

  5. Sarah Ovaska

    July 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Here’s a couple points of clarification for issues raised in the comments.

    Frances, I’m not sure what you are alleging is untrue but the budget makes all those reductions very clear.

    Here is a link (http://www.ncleg.net/sessions/2013/budget/2013/SB402_Committee_Report_2013-07-21.pdf) to the actual committee report that spells out the funding cut for teachers assistants: “Reduces Teacher Assistants funding by 21% in FY 2013-14 and 19 % in FY 2014-15 and allocates funding on the basis of student headcount in grades K-3.”

    That language can be found on page 20 of the committee report. I hope that helps clear up any confusion.

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