The lawmakers in Raleigh want us to believe they are properly funding our public schools and treating our teachers with respect. Educators across the state know that isn’t true. Classroom funding in our state has been cut by 55% in the last ten years when adjusting for inflation and enrollment. Teachers across the state are working multiple jobs to make ends meet. It’s time that our lawmakers prioritize our public schools over tax cuts for the wealthy,
It is frustrating that the lawmakers in Raleigh seem to think that handing out billions in tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires is more important than providing adequate funding for the tools needed to make sure our children can be successful and competitive in future global markets. In fact, the General Assembly now wants to give even more tax cuts to the top 1 percent through a constitutional amendment on the ballot in the upcoming midterm elections in November.
The most frustrating part of this whole equation is that lawmakers know who picks up the check they refuse to write. They know that teachers and parents will have to spend their personal money to make up for the General Assembly’s failure to fully fund our schools, but they do not seem to care. They seem willing to ignore everyone who does not fit their agendas — but I am here to tell them that teachers and parents are hurting. Our pockets are hurting from having to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to provide classroom supplies for children in “free” public school. Our hearts are hurting to be reminded every year that our so-called leaders simply do not care about us.