Teachers and state employees opened their checks this weekend to a little less pay since an executive order from Gov. Bev Perdue has reduced their salaries. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
May 27, 2009
May 27, 2009
Voters Reject Cuts to Public Education
NCAE President Sheri Strickland & Vice President Rodney Ellis (far right) hand-delivered the scientific poll results to Speaker Joe Hackney yesterday and once again reminded the state’s most powerful legislator that parents, educators and students are depending on his leadership through this economic crisis.
85% of North Carolina voters rejected the House’s latest proposal to balance the state’s $4.8 billion budget deficit by eliminating 12,000 teaching positions, according to a poll released by NCAE today.
According to the poll, over 60% of voters opted for a balanced budget that modernizes and strengthens the state’s outdated tax system in order to pay for education services instead of current proposals in the legislature that gut public education. These increased taxes include tobacco, alcohol, out-of-state corporations and those making in the top 1% of all earners.
"In all the talk of lost revenue, elected leaders need to take notice that voters support increased taxes in certain areas to balance the budget rather than eliminating teachers, overcrowding classes and destroying a child’s right to a sound, basic education," said Strickland.
Strickland pointed out that the poll showed 71% rated their local public schools as excellent and good while 80% of respondents rated the quality of teachers in their public schools positively.
"We’re certainly not surprised that North Carolinians understand how important public schools are to the future of our state and that and that elected leaders should look elsewhere to reduce spending and raise revenue," Strickland said. "Our citizens know that money spent on education is an investment in our children, not just an expenditure on a balance sheet."
To read the poll, click here.
Did You Wear Red Today?
Educators across the state donned red to show support for public education. Send your school’s pic to email@example.com and it’ll get published in the Daily Political Briefing.
Daily Political Briefing in Sampson County Yesterday
DPB spoke to the Sampson County Association of Educators’ Retirement Dinner yesterday. Consequently, the DPB was not published yesterday. Our sincerest apologies for the delay.
Now More than Ever: Educator Wednesday Every Wednesday
The fight to save jobs continues. Please take the time to lobby your legislators in Raleigh on Educator Wednesday. Sign up with firstname.lastname@example.org on one or more of the following dates:
June 3 ~ June 10 ~ June 17 ~ June 24 ~ July 8 ~ July 15 ~ July 22 ~ July 29 Educator
Wednesday Begins at 9:30 a.m. NCAE reimburses 35 cents for mileage.
Brian Lewis, Lobbyist/Government Relations Specialist
North Carolina Association of Educators
700 South Salisbury Street
- Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
(919) 832-3000 or (800) 662-7924 extension 256 or (919) 413-2580 mobile