January 9, 2018/Press

Papers Across North Carolina Call on GOP to Fix Class Room Chaos

Raleigh – Papers across the state are calling on Republicans to use this week’s special session to fix their unfunded class size chaos before moving any attempt to further rig our courts. The unfunded mandate is sowing chaos for school districts, and could lead to packing kids into trailers and reassigning teachers.Meanwhile, Democrats have put helping our teachers and students at the forefront of the agenda. Gov. Cooper reasonably asked legislators to fund the mandate while Sen. Chaudhuri today called on the Senate to fix this “now, not next month, and during the short session. We need to solve the problem now.”

Here’s how papers across NC are treating Republican’s priorities:

Davidson County Dispatch: “On its face, reducing class sizes in early grades is a good idea. Teachers would have fewer students among whom to divide their attention, and students would get more personalized instruction. However, making this change will cost money. And the General Assembly, as it so often does, is passing down this mandate without providing the funds to pay for it.

Greensboro News & Record: “The funding should have accompanied the directive in the first place. Without it, schools have to shift resources from higher grades to lower ones — in other words, rob Peter to pay Paul.

Fayetteville Observer“But what’s happening in the state’s schools shows us the result of slavish devotion to cost-cutting without even thinking about unintended consequences. Smaller K-3 classes make a good line in a re-election campaign, but doing it at the expense of the overall quality of education is a disservice to everyone.”

News & Observer: “This is an outrageous lack of stewardship of the schools, irresponsible and misguided and shortsighted and lazy. Passing laws and then not paying for them insults the intelligence of all citizens, but particularly those parents who know the value of arts and P.E. programs to their children.”

WRAL: “Waiting until spring will create a crisis of uncertainty for students, teachers and school systems across the state. Leaving the fate of international languages, the arts, music and physical education instruction in limbo is no way to operate government in an effective business-like manner.”