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Kinnaird: North Carolina has treated its teachers ‘very badly’ (audio)

Governor Pat McCrory went to great lengths Thursday to explain to business leaders that the new $20.6 billion state budget offers the largest appropriation for K-12 schools in North Carolina history.

The problem is the appropriation falls short of what is needed to cover enrollment growth and inflation.

State Senator Ellie Kinnaird says she’s heard from hundreds of constituents who are troubled to learn more teaching positions and teacher assistants will be cut under the new spending plan, while private school vouchers will be funded.

Kinnaird joins Chris Fitzsimon this weekend on News & Views to offer her take on the state budget and what it could mean for North Carolina’ economy. For a preview of the veteran Orange County legislator’s radio interview, click below:

4 Comments


  1. Doug

    August 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    So…how much is your view of the growth in state K-12 population? Using 2000-2010 would actually be too high as that was a better economic situation, so there would be less growth than the historical census.

    As far as inflation, the average so far for the year has been an annual 1.6% according to today’s treasury report so….are we assuming the actual population growth at greater than 3.2%…..that seems pretty high to me in realtion to the current economic climate here. As far as the about 4.8% increase this year in education funding….that seems about right when you consider the state of the economy and the fact that so many middle class people are not paying into the system right now.

    John Hood also has an excellent post today you should read about the value proposition as well.

    http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/monitoring-the-economy/Pages/Monitoring-the-Economy.aspx

    http://www.carolinajournal.com/articles/display_story.html?id=10379

  2. Unreformer

    August 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Test-based accountability in which test scores and grades are an outright lie… grade-inflated charter schools redirecting public funds while hiding behind not-for-profit facades… programs like Teach for America that dump untrained teachers on unsuspecting communities… Education Reform.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-thompson/the-big-lies-behind_b_3690809.html
    http://nepc.colorado.edu/newsletter/2013/07/review-credo-2013
    http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=6490
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/02/justice/georgia-cheating-scandal
    http://nepc.colorado.edu/thinktank/review-evaluation-tfa-texas

  3. Unreformer

    August 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Test-based accountability in which test scores and grades are an outright lie… grade-inflated charter schools redirecting public funds while hiding behind not-for-profit facades… and programs like Teach for America that dump untrained teachers on unsuspecting communities… Education Reform.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-thompson/the-big-lies-behind_b_3690809.html
    http://nepc.colorado.edu/newsletter/2013/07/review-credo-2013
    http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=6490
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/02/justice/georgia-cheating-scandal
    http://nepc.colorado.edu/thinktank/review-evaluation-tfa-texas

  4. david esmay

    August 2, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Charter schools are part of the corporate and 1%er charade to siphon public money into private hands, Do a little research and you’ll find the Goldman-Sachs and JP Morgan Chase are behind the push for charter schools. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-stanford/wall-street-charter-schools_b_2467608.html

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