Debate on school funds may impact area systems
June 05, 2006Â
By Barry SmithÂ
FREEDOM RALEIGH BUREAU
Easley, Senate at odds over millons of dollars
RALEIGH â€” A battle could be brewing within the education community over how tens of millions of tax dollars will be spent over the next year.
The issue boils down to how about $42 million in extra money will be used. Will it go to what are called â€œlow wealthâ€ school districts â€” districts that have a more difficult time coming up with local funds to pay for school programs because theyâ€™re in counties that have low economic property tax bases? Or will the money be used to eliminate â€œdiscretionaryâ€ cuts that the school systems have made in recent years?
Gov. Mike Easley recommended $41.2 million be used to go to low-wealth systems, a effort geared toward helping the state meet its obligations in the Leandro school lawsuit. In that lawsuit, the courts have ruled that every child in North Carolina is entitled to a â€œsound basic education.â€Â Â
Supporters of using the money to help the low-wealth counties see the appropriation as a means of fulfilling the Leandro legal requirements.
â€œLeandro said weâ€™ve got to help the Hoke counties and Jones Counties, these low-wealth counties,â€ said Brian Lewis, executive director of the CovenantÂ Â Â with North Carolinaâ€™s Children.Â Â
The Wilmington Journal
NAACP LEADS LEGISLATIVE COALITION OF COLOR, WEEK OF MAY 25-31, 2006
by CASH MICHAELS
The Wilmington Journal
Originally posted 5/30/2006
Improving education; enhancing economic opportunity for low-wealth communities; increasing the minimum wage; and aggressively addressing health and housing disparities among communities of color.
Highlights of the POC 2006 Legislative Agenda include:
Fully funding and implementing a statewide plan to ensure that every child in North Carolina receive a â€œsound basic education,â€ as mandated by the state Constitution.
Reducing the high suspension and dropout rates of student of color.
Extend in-state tuition status to immigrant resident graduate of in-state high schools.
Designate a portion of state lottery proceeds to help close the achievement gap and lift low-performing schools.
Increase funding for stateâ€™s historically Black colleges and universities.