Progress NC Thanks State Board for Today’s Superintendent Meeting

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RALEIGH — Progress North Carolina today thanked the NC State Board of Education for holding a meeting with local school superintendents to discuss how budget cuts have affected the classroom. The State Board is acting today, when state lawmakers have not. Speaker Thom Tillis promised superintendent hearings in July and has continued to call for them with no follow-through.

“We will finally get the truth straight from the superintendents about how state budget cuts have affected teachers, students and the classroom,” said Gerrick Brenner, Executive Director of Progress North Carolina. “We’ve had enough bluster and obfuscation by state politicians.”

“Speaker Tillis made big promises about superintendent hearings, but he was too busy blaming the superintendents for teacher layoffs to stop and listen to them. Tillis also promised to protect the job of every teacher and teacher assistant in the state, but we know that didn’t come true. Today we will hear how else the state budget affected local public schools.”

“The State Board should be commended for stepping up to the plate. This is a vital public service as lawmakers are facing big budget choices in the short session.”

The NC State Board of Education will meet with local superintendents in a meeting today in RTP. The meeting will be held from 12:30pm to 5pm at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel.


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