Eastern Wake: Opinion

Letter: More funding for Wake schools

Resident suggests more funding for Wake County public schools

During the recession, both state and local leaders underfunded our schools. What kept our schools strong was federal stimulus funding from the Obama Administration. In 2015, the County Commissioners gave the Wake schools a pittance - $3.75 million of recurring ABC revenue for schools. Since then, Wake County elected new commissioners, leaders who said they would fully fund our public schools.

It’s now time for leadership. The commissioners gave the school system a large increase last year, and it is again needed this year. We need a long-term plan to bring Wake County Schools back to where we were 10 and 15 years ago, so we can again have an excellent school system. Our per-pupil funding is not back to pre-recessionary levels, when accounting for inflation, and our students and teachers deserve better.

Rita Rakestraw