January 28, 2011
Let’s Stay *North* Carolina
Together NC: We can do better than be like SC
Keeping teachers at work and cops on the street is the only way to keep North Carolina on the road to recovery. Let’s stand up for our state, says budget coalition Together NC. Together NC consists of more than 120 organizations, including the NC State AFL-CIO.
The newly convened North Carolina General Assembly will be controlled by Republicans, and they will face tough choices to balance the state budget. This web ad produced by Together NC is a reminder to the new leadership in Raleigh that we must not sacrifice the things that make North Carolina a great place to live, open a business, and receive a world-class education.
Watch this video then stand up for North Carolina at www.togethernc.org:
On a related topic, PLEASE write to Senator McKissick (if you live in Durham) and tell him to work to change SB8 before it leaves committee in the Senate on Wed. morning. The bill lifts the cap on charter schools (expected) but also allows charters to buy land and buildings with taxpayer money, and requires public schools (already cut to the bone) to give up more of their funding AND to pay charters retroactively for funds that have already been used this year, based on new funding rules. All of this while not including anything about requiring charters to provide transportation or food services-so these schools are going to continue to be inaccessible to a lot of low income kids, who will be left to attend the even more severely underfunded public schools.