We posted earlier on how edu-crats here in Moore County have a yearly ritual of LYING their posteriors off to the public about their financial position. *Oh, the babies are going to starve! We’re going to have to pack 50 into each classroom! We’re going to put your babies in rusty old trailers, and cut art, PE and music!* (You know the drill.)
You could empty every bank account and wallet in your county, and the central office would STILL not be happy.
Well, Bob Harris, over at the Carolina Partnership for Reform, also has an interesting take on this subject:
With conservative economic reforms working, North Carolina now has a half-billion dollar budget surplus.
Fair minds can debate what to do with an extra $550 million. Return it to taxpayers? More Rainy Day savings? Teacher raises? All of the above? More on that in the coming weeks.
Here’s what legislators should NOT do: allow school bureaucrats to ignore the conservative majority’s order that class size go down in early grades.
The conservative majority passed a class size reduction. Remember?
But bureaucrats want to shift teacher money into other pet projects and claim art, music and physical education teachers have to be fired if the bureaucrats can’t stuff 24 kids in early grade classrooms so money can go into other things. Of course, the conservative majority will get the blame if class size goes up because they will have given bureaucrats the power to do it.
The whole local flexibility scheme hands Roy Cooper a club to beat Republicans over the head, elect enough Democrats to make his veto stick and kill reforms like more school choice.
The solution is easy: Don’t raise class size. Drop the local flexibility bill. Make the bureaucrats prove they really can’t fund art, music and physical education teachers within the existing $13 billion school budget. And use the budget surplus to fund them if necessary.
The class size reduction is a good reform. Don’t fall into the trap of increasing class size now.
Our local bureaucrats kept claiming they were near broke when, in reality, they were being over-funded each year by $3 million. Don’t let these central office scalawags and your drivebys fool you. Make them back up their talk. Three million extra in the bank is not NEAR BROKE.