Funding for NC Public Schools: How Far We've Fallen
June 26, 2017, 3:00pm - June 26, 2017, 4:00pm
Nice try, "Honorables." You don't fool us. For the last decade, you have underfunded our North Carolina public schools, students, and teachers. You have sent a bad budget to North Carolina's Governor. So on Monday we come to expose your slight of hand.
Six words you politicians on Jones Street never use to describe the state budget for public schools? "ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION AND ENROLLMENT GROWTH." When you run the numbers with those factors, the results are ugly and your claims fall apart. Textbook funding down 40% since 2008-09. Funding for classroom supplies cut in half. 6700 fewer teaching assistants across this state.
Teachers, parents and friends of public schools will explain the real life consequences. Reporters will ask questions. And you, the budget writers of this state, will answer for your obfuscations. Get ready. Because we're coming.
Congrats to our June "She is Fierce" Award winner - Emiko Andrews. Learn more about this motivated and inspiring young women below. Have someone to nominate - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Freshman, John T. Hoggard High School, Wilmington, NC
Politics and advocacy have played a big part in Emiko’s young life, and her commitment is really paying off! She’s been selected to attend the National Student Leadership Conference this summer at American University in Washington, D.C., where she’ll spend two weeks immersed in politics and policy. She’ll participate in the program’s Political Action & Public Policy course, where students will run a mock Presidential campaign and study the inner workings of the U.S. Congress.
A talented artist, activist and commited vegan for many years, Emiko has made a point to get involved. A few years ago, she was chosen to be on Peta2’s Youth Advisory Board, a select group of passionate, creative, and super-dedicated peta2 members who help create missions, provide feedback on campaigns and more. Peta2, by the way, is the largest youth animal rights group in the world, with millions of members and supporters.
In her own words:
I find it really necessary to educate yourself and others on today's issues for the sake of our future. There are so many things we can do to improve this world for ourselves and the people and things we share it with. We can do things like make our diet more environmentally friendly, or protest against things like police brutality, anti-refugee sentiment, or laws that inhibit women's reproductive rights. If we do this, even if it doesn't directly impact us, we are speaking up for people who are unable to speak up for themselves, whether they're working full-time and can't go to rallies, or they have no voice of their own, like the environment. Any bit counts, even staying up-to-date on the state of the world. – Emiko Andrews ... See MoreSee Less
Twenty years ago, Indian writer Arundhati Roy published the groundbreaking novel "The God of Small Things." It won the Booker Prize and catapulted Roy to international fame. But her readers have had to wait 20 years to read Roy’s next novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," which was just publish...
“I represent so many different people: women, black women, pregnant women. It’s my responsibility to make sure I’m a voice and an advocate for them.”
She did it again! Alysia Montaño ran the 800-meter race at this year’s U.S. Track and Field Championships while five months pregnant with her second child. You may recall she ran while pregnant in 2014. This time around, in the searing heat, she ran 11 seconds faster than her 2014 time.
The Ministry of the Utmost Happiness written by Arundhati Roy is our Sunday reading recommendation today. Roy creates a beautiful world of resistance that moves beyond being defined as other. "Everything was either masculine or feminine, man or woman. Everything except her baby. […]"Set in India, this tale takes on the evolutionary journey with Anjum, who is Hijra. Roy reminds us with her words the spaces between what we know and what we need to know can be navigated with grace and joy. #Sundayreadinghttps://lareviewofbooks.org/article/outside-language-and-power-the-mastery-of-arundhati-roys-the-ministry-of-utmost-happiness/ ... See MoreSee Less
RALEIGH, N.C. – While the state waits to see if Gov. Roy Cooper will sign the budget sent to his desk from the State Assembly, public-interest groups with generally common goals find themselves on opposite sides of some issues. ...
Join us for a nonpartisan rally speaking out against congress stealing health care away from 23 million Americans – our families, neighbors, ourselves.
We'll hear from those directly affected by this legislation:
Lindsay Furst, Teacher and public school advocate
Jaclyn Kiger, Pisgah Legal
Alia Todd, ASRW
Tyrone Greenlee, Christians For A United Community
John Wingerter, Council on Aging
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Campaign for Southern Equality
and music from David LaMotte
The 23 million are workers, retirees, veterans, people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, children, women, anyone with the audacity to have an emergency, and ME. And possibly you. Join us.
Co-sponsors include: Campaign for Southern Equality, Pisgah Legal Services, Western North Carolina AIDS Project, ACLU of NC - Western NC Chapter, League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County and Western North Carolina Community Health Services.
Acompáñenos al reunirnos a luchar contra acción legislativa del congreso que afectará y propone quitarle cobertura de salud a 23 millones de personas en nuestro país, a nuestras familias, vecinos y a nosotros mismos.
Los 23 millones afectados incluyen aquellos que son trabajadores, veteranos, personas con desabilidades y enfermedades crónicas, retirados, niño/as, mujeres, o cualquier persona que sufra una emergencia. Me afecta a mi, y posiblemente a ti. Formen parte de esta lucha con nosotros.