The citizens of North Carolina have provided the means to educate their children for centuries. By enshrining the access to a public education in the state constitution, providing the funds to build and maintain a world-class 16 campus University of North Carolina system, creating the 58 campus community college system, and for many decades making education the largest single item of spending in the state's General Fund budget, there's no doubt of the value we place on this primary job of government.
Literacy and numeracy are basic skills we take for granted our children will be taught. The failure of over 30% of third graders to pass the end of year state reading exam is a true crisis of confidence in the system. This figure for me suggests we have a misplaced focus and I will call for accountability.
The FY 2012-13 budget provides a 1.2% raise for public school teachers and state employees -- the first since 2008.
$251 million was restored back into public education. (K-12)
We have much to learn from other state's experiences with teacher's incentive programs, parental "triggers" in dealing with underperforming schools, and local control of curriculum
If we are to fulfill our responsibilities as parents and public officials, we're just going to have to work harder to see that local control and accountability go hand in hand.