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.