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Old 03-08-2014, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly NoVA and Phila
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Thanks for your reply. I do not have much time, but wanted to say that you comment about politics made me laugh. I was born and raised in CA and tend to be very moderate in my political thinking. It is not the liberal thinking that bothers me... Hum. Without getting into a crazy political debate, I will just say that the taxes are high, services are limited, and there are constant battles about what programs to cut. Everyone has their pet project weather it be the national parks, the schools, or the fire fighters. Meanwhile, while my kid was in kinder. his school fund raised to the point of asking each family to donate $365 a year so that they could hire all the secretaries, librarians, and other "non-essential" staff back. We were paying almost 10k for property taxes. If you ask me, that was pretty nutty. My political comment was more about the day to day issues with living in CA and not specially the literalness of it all.
Oh, okay, it wasn't clear from your comment. I think you'll be fine here, then.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:55 PM
 
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Also, you should realize that NC has the 46th lowest teacher pay in the nation (and it is not the 46th poorest state). That has led to teachers here leaving the profession, moving to a different state, switching districts, etc. It is a big issue here in NC, and is talked about constantly here in Chapel Hill. (My neighbor has a bumper sticker that says, "North Carolina - First in Teacher Flight" - a play on words from the license plate slogan which is "North Carolina - First in Flight).
This is an area worth researching. Read several articles that interviewed teachers who were just sick about leaving the state or the profession but couldn't see how to they could pay the bills as a NC teacher.

At the last Moral Monday gathering, teachers were out in full force in their red t-shirts. Lots of talk around me how if things didn't change, they were going to start applying for other jobs. Of course, there's always lots of talk.

There were significant cuts to educational funding last year. Deep cuts to funding for classroom aides, etc.

Public Schools First NC pans “brutal cuts” to K-12 | The Progressive Pulse

A neighbor works for the state in early childhood education. She says their department is in turmoil. The original person appointed to head up the department didn't even believe in early childhood education, for crying out loud. She hung in there, hoping things would straighten out. Talked to her a few days ago and she's interviewing for other positions.

So sad. She is an incredible person.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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do you have a link that discusses dollars and not an aggrandizing opinion of "deep cuts"?

Weren't the "deep cuts" a result of the Obama administration stimulus funds running out? Meaning - those funds were no longer in the budget, not that NC or Wake level legislators cut them out of the budget.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:10 PM
 
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do you have a link that discusses dollars and not an aggrandizing opinion of "deep cuts"?

Weren't the "deep cuts" a result of the Obama administration stimulus funds running out? Meaning - those funds were no longer in the budget, not that NC or Wake level legislators cut them out of the budget.
http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/.../51a61dbae4655

Teachers say NC lawmakers are forsaking education | State Politics | NewsObserver.com


According to:McCrory claims NC education budget largest in history (Fact check) | The Progressive Pulse

"At a total of $7,867,960,649, the 2014 fiscal year budget will spend $535 million less than the 2008 inflation-adjusted budget"

Not sure how you could blame this on the Obama administration, but good try.

Regardless, of how the cuts came to be, there's less money and more students. Certainly, something for the OP to keep in mind over the next 18 months.

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