Ann Goodnight: NC budget “embarrassment” for underfunding public education

The News & Observer printed this letter to the editor today from Ann Goodnight, the wife of SAS founder Jim Goodnight.

A registered Republican, Goodnight also serves on the UNC Board of Governors, and is a well-known proponent of public education in the state.

Here’s her letter:

As the N.C. General Assembly closes the 2013 session, I am left stunned by the glaring lack of support for public education.

As the link between education and prosperity has strengthened, other states have made public K-12 and higher education a priority to increase competitiveness. Other industrialized countries have made remarkable strides in increasing educational performance. In North Carolina, we are headed in the opposite direction.

We are knowingly under-investing in our pre-K-12, community college and university students; in our teachers; and in innovative new approaches to learning. This budget is an embarrassment in its lack of investment in the skills and competitiveness of its people. This is a grievous mistake.

You can read the letter in its entirety here.


  1. Alex

    July 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

    If she’s so concerned, why doesn’t she kick in a billion of her own money. The Goodnights would never miss it. Meanwhile, they are pre-occupied with polluting half of Chatham County and Pittsboro just to make a few more million. Actions speak a lot louder than words.

  2. Bendal

    July 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Alex, I’m pretty sure that both the Goodnights and their company pay state taxes. It’s not the responsibility of individuals to do what the state is supposed to do.

  3. ML

    July 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Alex, just a case for the importance of taxes. We can no longer depend on high earners to support the public good. As is expected in a democratic capitalist society.

  4. Doug

    July 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    If they feel so passionate about the issue, why not step up. The state will accept additional payments, I think the NCGA actually put in a law to let the progressives put their money where their big mouths are.

    Finally a comment that does not espouse the soak the rich mentality and the bogus “fair share” argument. Interesting deviation from the norm around here.

  5. RJ

    July 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Aesop told this story long ago. The Goodnights and the current NC GOP are the frog and the scorpion.

  6. Alex

    July 30, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Let’s face it RJ the Goodnights are cheap ! That’s how they accumulated eight BILLION dollars. That’s more wealth than many good sized countries. Don’t tell NC taxpayers to cough up more dollars when they are unwilling to make a big commitment to public education. Why did they pour a small fortune into Cary Academy, a private elite school ?

  7. RJ

    July 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Alex, what does the fable of the frog and the scorpion have to do with anyone being cheap? And what does their endowing a local school have to do with their criticism of the GA cutting ed for everyone else? I’m starting to think you and Doug are functionally illiterate. You can sound out the words but don’t grasp what they mean.

  8. Alex

    July 31, 2013 at 6:50 am

    If I have to explain it RJ, it’s probably not worth my time !

  9. Billy Bob

    July 31, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    She’s right. You know it’s bad when a wealthy republican realizes that public education in NC is severely underfunded! But Alex is right, actions speak louder than words. Switch to a party that doesn’t historically vote against public education for starters. Privatization of education will be the death of our country’s progress.

  10. Doug

    July 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Alex +1 for the win. I quite enjoy watching you lay the smack down like that.

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