Misleading rhetoric collides with hard fact in the classroom:
About 111 teacher assistants have been placed on a rehire list because of reductions in state funding, according to school officials. The state budget reduced spending for teacher assistants by $120 million, or about 21 percent. More than 3,850 teacher assistant positions in grades two and three will be eliminated statewide.
Superintendent Frank Till Jr. said the schools will continue to work hard with limited resources. "As you can see, the numbers don't support claims that our systems are better off," Till said. "We are raising class sizes, terminating people and down on school supplies."
Somebody needs to tell all these school boards and superintendents that Republicans did not cut their funding, and they're getting even more than before! They simply must have misplaced those dollars. Have they looked in all the desks? Or maybe behind the coffeepot in the teacher's lounge? It's got to be somewhere. Maybe it's going here:
A handful of new charters opened last summer, but most have just worked their way through the process that leads from application to approval to letting students in the door. Statewide, 23 new charters are opening this month. The state now has 129 charter schools.
Also this week, the state Board of Education will vote on new applications for charters opening in 2014. An advisory panel has recommended 26 for approval, including nine in Mecklenburg County. If all are approved and open, that will more than double the number of Mecklenburg charter schools in two years – from 12 in 2012 to 25 in 2014.
Charters are run by independent nonprofit boards, with money coming from state, local and federal governments. Some hire for-profit management companies to run the schools, though Invest Collegiate does not. The local founders hope to expand to six schools around North Carolina using a similar philosophy.
But unlike district schools, they don’t have to offer busing or meals, a restriction that some say eliminates students from the most impoverished and fragile families.
The bottom line is, charters are not public schools. If they were, they would provide transportation and nutritional requirements. Without those, they are nothing more than an effort to re-segregate, and using the taxpayer's dollars to do it.
But you know what? Parents do have the right and responsibility to choose. The responsibility to choose new leaders before our public education system is completely destroyed.