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New Hanover Co. Superintendent calls proposed budget cuts 'Draconian'

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THE FOLLOWING IS A STATEMENT FROM NEW HANOVER COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT TIM MARKLEY:

WILMINGTON, NC (NEW HANOVER CO. SCHOOLS) -- We are deeply concerned about the proposed education budget from the NC House of Representatives' Education Subcommittee. We understand the current economic situation and we are prepared to deal with severe budget cuts. However, the Draconian level of cuts proposed by the House will do irreparable harm to the students in North Carolina's public education programs and New Hanover County Schools will not be able to meet the goals we have established for our school system. All districts throughout the state will face a similar predicament.

We were prepared to make cuts up to $15 million, which is $2 million more than the Governor’s proposed budget of $13 million. Now we are being asked to cut $20.5 million, an additional $5 million in cuts – more than our worst-case scenarios.

When you add in the potential loss of revenues from the Red-light Cameras Program, it is more imperative than ever that we contact our local legislators and County Commissioners to discuss how these budget cuts will harm our students.

Specifically, on the statewide level, the current budget proposed by the House means the loss of:
(Source: NCEA)
* 7,000 teacher jobs – local discretionary cuts $346.9 million
* 8,000 teacher assistants - $258.6 million
* At-risk student services - $30.1 million (cuts 602 teacher jobs)
* Academically/Intellectually Gifted - (cuts 168 teacher jobs)
* Central Office Administration - $10.7 million (cuts 150 jobs)
* Assistant principals – 329 jobs - $24.7 million reduction
* Limited English Proficiency – 150 teacher jobs - $7.5 million reduction
* Transportation – 1,035 bus drivers $20.7 million reduction

For NHCS, there would be cuts in all of the above areas, in addition to:
* Special Education
* More@Four and the Pre-K program
* Staff development
* Technology
* Classroom supplies
* Textbooks

I urge all parents and concerned supporters of public education to contact your state legislators.

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Hey Markley, you must have

Hey Markley, you must have forgotten that this "new" bunch of legislators are doing exactly what they were sent to Raleigh to do, CUT THE BUDGET....yeah, I guess you thought the public school system would be exempt from what you call "draconian cuts" didn't 'ya. Well the thing is the legistators are more interested in promoting private/charter schools than they are in public schools. The only bad thing about that is when the money stops coming from Raleigh that money will have to be made up at the local level in the form of a tax increase but that's what the people wanted from the legislators, cut taxes and stop the spending in Raleigh but I'll say it again the difference will be made up by the people of New Hanover County, you can bank on it, if you think I'm wrong just sit back and wait and you'll see. So yeah, go ahead a call your legislator if you think it will do any good because I'm here to tell you it won't!!!

What part of 'We are broke" confuses you

Can you get a grip on this? The free-lunch, everybody gets everything mentality of the past fifty years has this nation and many states teetering on the verge of collapse.

Unless we make these Draconian cuts, they're all going to be laid off anyway when the whole thing collapses and the schools aren't even open.

These will not be

These will not be missed:
Central Office Administration (too many and useless)
Assistant principals (hard to tell they exist now)
Limited English Proficiency (assimilate)
More@Four (Raise your own children. They’ll be smarter, anyway)

Why is it

Why is it that children going to "school" in other countries, in huts, under tree's...outperform children in the U.S.

The schools systematically let kids down. By grade 4, American students only score in the middle of 26 countries reported. By grade 8 they are in the bottom third, and at the finish line, where it really counts, we're near dead last. Its even worse when you notice that some of the superior countries in grade 8 (especially the Asians) were not included in published 12th grade results. They do not need 12 grades.

If we spent 90% of our tax dollars actually educating our students instead of paying for administrative staff and consultants our schools would be in great shape. Educational staffing is top heavy, with unproductive bureaucrats sponging off financial resources that could be spent in the classroom.

Yup

I agree with you, but those children in huts also have a burning desire to learn and achieve. Many children here don't have that same desire and some parents don't take much interest either. We expect too much here for the little effort we put forth. We are quick with excuses and blame also.