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New Hanover County’s Wrightsboro Elementary School celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary Friday, welcoming parents, alums and Governor Bev Perdue, as schools across the state try to cope with funding cuts present and future. "We are certainly making very careful decisions about how we spend money. We always have, but even more now," said Wrightsboro Elementary Principal Boni Hall. So how did we get here? Perdue said there is no easy solution to North Carolina’s multi-billion-dollar budget crisis, and effects will be felt across the board, including education. But many of you have called and written us asking what about that billion dollars of lottery money we keep hearing about? Perdue said state law dictates how about half of it is spent. But that still leaves a state education budget of about $12 billion to pay for. "A half of a billion out of $12 billion is not any way at all capable of filling the hole," said Perdue. That means school districts will likely face even bigger cuts next school year than they’ve already made this year, including a loss of thousands of jobs and funding for various programs. Perdue said she is doing all she can to protect programs for the state’s youngest students to help build their future. But she is a governor who ran for office touting her personal and political record on education and an endorsement from teachers. "Let me tell you what. I will die being the education leader or the education governor. I believe that I am doing as good a job as anybody in America can do, and I would dare anybody to come and challenge me on it," said Governor Perdue. School districts and other state agencies still do not know what cuts they will face next year. The State House continues to work on its version of the budget, which varies significantly from Perdue’s proposed budget and the Senate’s version. The House version calls for 12 percent cuts for education.

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2015 years 9 months ago

Gov Perdue offered only empty political rhetoric during her visit. She does not have any original ideas on how to improve the state’s economic conditions other than to spend stimulus money. In fact she said previously if SC does not want their money she would gladly take it. However, the federal government shoved the money down SC’s throat, so I guess that’s not going to happen.

2015 years 9 months ago

“I dare anyone to challenge me on it!” No maam, I dare you to balance the budget, do away with pork spending and useless programs, and take a pay cut if necessary. Never tell anyone to challenge the job you are doing, because let me tell you Bev, it is far from stellar. This is a typical response I would expect from a typical politician.

Tammie Moore
2015 years 9 months ago

Bev Perdue said all the right things to get in office, and now that she’s in she hasn’t fulfill any of the promises she made. You would think, coming from a career in education, at least she said, she would understand the shortage of teachers we had to begin with. Now with all of her decisions, we are letting the teachers with the most experience go and keeping the ones with the least experience. And by cutting all of the positions, our classroom sizes are going up 40 percent. The kids who are struggling are going to get the most attention, the kids in the middle will not be able to progress at all, and the kids at the top of the class will get bored. This could even result in dropping out altogether. At the least, they stand to lose the crucial academic skills that they need to excell on the EOG’s that the state pushes down the educators throats every year. Please write a letter to congress and express you concern for our children, our teachers and our economy, now! If everyone speaks out, we can turn this around before the school year actually starts.

2015 years 9 months ago

Here is a picture of Bev Perdue reading a story to the elementary children. It tells them how their classrooms will have a whole lot of new friends next year, and they will have lots of fun being off task while the teacher tries to deal with one of the six or seven extreme special needs cases in the classroom. Oh and there’s no teaching assistant because the whole grade level is sharing one and she is on bus duty, or cafeteria duty, or hall duty or whatever else they can think of for her to do. But she is happy too. And now for the scary part … this is happening today and they are going to cut the budget even more! So now who knows what kind of fun you will have. Bev will be in her comfy high tower away from it all.

How about getting into the trenches with the rest of us you hypocrite and stop saying that you care about education and the children’s future. You are creating a nightmare for this state on many levels.

2015 years 9 months ago

Now is an excellent time to get rid of the low-performing teachers. Why not go back to basics? When I was in school, we had as many as 8 different levels within the same grade. The fastest learners were in the “A” group. Then “B” group was not quite as fast to learn, but still could learn faster than many others. This progressed down the line to the slowest of students. Each level was taught at a speed where they could learn. Sure, the “E” group did not learn as much as the “A”s, but folks, this is reality and all the political correctness will not change it. We had no teacher’s assistants, as they were not needed. The teacher was quite capable of conducting class and maintaining order by him/her self. We got out a week for Thanksgiving and 2 weeks for Christmas. That is all. We started the school year around the first of September and finished the end of May or first of June. There were few if any road trips, teacher work days and such. We went to school to learn, not play around, disrupt those who did want to learn and if cell phones had been a hot item then, they would not have been allowed in my school. About the only dress code we had was that shirts must be tucked in. Parents and students alike were competent enough to know what was appropriate without having to be told or uniforms mandated. If we could go back to a simple-no nonsense learning system like this, think of all the money that could be saved.


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