Guilford County Schools chief Maurice “Mo” Green is asking the county for an additional $26 million in local funds to help fill the gaps that schools are facing thanks to years of disinvestment in public education by state lawmakers.
The News & Record reports that school leaders say they’re persistently seeing increased needs and mandates but dwindling funds.
“We’re just not doing what we know is educationally sound for children,” Guilford schools superintendent Green said Tuesday.
The $26 million would go toward mitigating some of the following scenarios Guilford schools are dealing with, according to the N&R:
- Enrollment has increased by more than 1,200 students since 2008-09 but there are 185 fewer full-time teacher positions, district figures show.
- The fiscal 2015 budget included almost $18 million in reductions and included a dip into the school system’s fund balance.
- The amount of local funds allocated per student has steadily dropped over seven years from $2,416 to $2,340.
- The school system hopes to avoid increasing class sizes once again and have enough funds to provide students and teachers with the resources they need, like textbooks.
Governor McCrory’s latest budget proposal would translate to a $4.4 million loss for Guilford County schools that would sap funds for teacher assistants and driver’s education, among other line items. Read more