Historic investments in public schools are needed now

Ahead of the court ordered deadline, House Democrats and education advocates urged leaders of the Republican-controlled General Assembly to implement the Leandro plan for improving public education into the final state budget. 

With budget negotiations continuing, Republicans have another opportunity to meet the state’s constitutional obligation in ensuring every child has access to a sound, basic education

For too long, schools across the state — especially in rural counties — have lacked the resources necessary to ensure students have equal opportunities to have a quality education. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve witnessed time and again the long-term effects of neglect, as schools are heavily under-resourced and understaffed.

As Rep. Julie von Haefen stated, “Investing in the Leandro plan would mean investing in North Carolina children from birth to career, which is in turn an investment in our state’s future and in our economy. We all want to see North Carolina’s children be cared for, be educated, and be provided a sound foundation for their futures.”

Bottom Line:

With an unprecedented abundance of resources, provided by the state’s surplus and federal funding, North Carolina is ready to take the right step in fulfilling its obligation to students and make investments into our state’s future. The question now is whether our Republican leaders are ready to take responsibility and do what’s best for our state.

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Alanna Joyner

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