Barbara Vandenbergh: G.A. all about taking

May 24, 2013 

G.A. all about taking

At the House Education Subcommittee hearing on House Bill 944, supporters of the “scholarship” bill cited the need for their children to have small classes to help them succeed and avoid the school to prison pipeline. The General Assembly does the opposite for public schools by lifting the cap on class sizes.

Another argument given that day for scholarships to private and religious schools is that children can get more individual attention. So the General Assembly takes away teacher aides who help to provide individual attention in the public schools.

How can the General Assembly justify taking these supports from the public schools and giving them to some students so they can go to private schools? Legislators are elected to provide education for the children of this state through a public education system. Not private education or religious education.

They need to support public schools, not undermine them.

Barbara Vandenbergh

Raleigh

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