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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — House Democrats say the $1.2 billion in proposed education cuts next year rolled out by Republican counterparts this week are reckless and could lead to more than 20,000 job losses unless the GOP agrees to extend some of the temporary taxes set to expire.

Minority Leader Joe Hackney and others derided Thursday the plan the Department of Public Instruction says would eliminate money for more than 12,000 staff positions, more than two-thirds of them teacher assistants in grades two and three. The North Carolina Association of Educators said several thousand more public school workers would lose their jobs through discretionary cuts placed upon local districts.

Advocates for early childhood education and women’s health also criticized GOP plans to hold back funds for Smart Start and Planned Parenthood.

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3 Comments on "Democrats pan GOP plan for schools, Smart Start"

2015 years 8 months ago

They have all the answers, but the word “temporary” confuses them so.

Have you guys EVER lived up to one single promise regarding a temporary tax?

Drop Smart Start – we won World War II, sent a man to the Moon, and led the world in medicine and computers with people whose formal education began in Kindergarten or first grade. Of course, they also had parents who started teaching them the three R’s long before they turned five.

The efficacy of Head Start under any cutesy name you want to give it is highly suspect. Head Start was once described as having absolutely no effect on future educational success of its students, but serving as a great employment program for inner city high school drop-outs who drove buses and served as teachers’ assistants.

It’s a luxury we can’t afford.

2015 years 8 months ago

I knew we were broke for some reason,thanks for letting me know it’s Head Start.

2015 years 8 months ago

Head Start is simply one of the moocher programs that our government thinks it should fund.

Medicaid, bridges to nowhere, Public Radio, Planned Parenthood, redundant and out of mission capabilities within DOD….on a state level Smart Start, More at Four, symphony orchestras, museums, zoos….

If we ever got back to government as it was INTENDED, we could probably all pay less than 10% to the feds and less than 3% to the state. Then we’d all have a lot of money left over….

…and that would allow those who like public radio to support public radio, those who want their kids in school before they’re out of diapers to pay for school, etc. See? **WE** are supposed to pay for that stuff based upon our individual needs and likes, not the government.


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