Supporters of Project Enlightenment aren't giving up hope they can restore the funding cuts that the Wake County school board made to the early childhood program.
The school board had reduced funding for Project Enlightenment and laid off all nine of the program's parent counselors as part of the budget proposal adopted in April. The fight has moved to the county commissioners but it's uncertain how much they can really do to restore the program.
Citizens for Project Enlightenment e-mailed to commissioners last week a petition with more than 660 signatures from parents, pediatricians and educators in the community requesting that they allocate funds to reinstate parent counseling and education services to Project Enlightenment.
Aylett Colston, a leader in the group, said that County Commissioner Stan Norwalk told them they can't dictate how the school system spend its money. But they're hoping that the commissioners can do something to help because it does provide money to the school system.
Colston said school administrators have told the school board and community groups that Wake County Human Services can duplicate the services offered by the people who were fired. But she said that's not the case.
We'll see how much Project Enlightenment is discussed at today's budget work session. Commissioners plan to adopt the budget next week.