Some familiar names will be speaking out at a press conference this morning to complain about the education bills being promoted by Republican state lawmakers.
Former Congressman Bob Etheridge and Public Schools First NC are holding a press conference at 11 a.m. in Green Hope Park in Cary "in support of strong public schools." Other speakers include Adrienne Lumpkin and Lynn Edmonds, both leaders in the Great Schools in Wake Coalition.
The group charges that lawmakers are leading "a race to the bottom" with proposed measures such as dropping class size limits, cutting back on teacher assistants and providing voucher money for families to attend private schools.
Here's the press release:
For Immediate Release
May 10, 2013
Sound the Alarm—Public Schools Matter!
Does this ring a bell? Remember when State Lawmakers Valued Public Education?
Press conference today in Cary
This morning, local parents, educators and community leaders will join former Congressman and State Superintendent Bob Etheridge and Public Schools First NC for a press conference in Cary in support of strong public schools. This is the second stop in a statewide tour.
Strong public schools have been a key part of creating the modern North Carolina—a wonderful place to do business and raise a family. Unfortunately, after years of budget cuts and other right-wing policy changes North Carolina's public schools are in danger.
For example, state lawmakers are putting the squeeze on elementary schools. They want to jam 30 or more students into a classroom. They want fewer teacher assistants. And they want voucher money drained from public schools. Students will have less one-on-one time with their teacher. And teachers will have fewer resources like technology and text books to make up for it.
Let's stop the race to the bottom.
Bob Etheridge, former State Superintendent
Jen Ferrell, Wake Co. Public Schools parent
Rodney Ellis, President, NC Association of Educators
Tim Valentine, former US Congressman & former member of NC House
Adrienne Lumpkin, business owner
Lynn Edmonds, Wake Co. Public Schools parent
Green Hope Park
2750 Louis Stephens Dr.
Cary, NC 27519
Today, May 10