NCAE reacts (then reacts again) following comment by Sen. Tillman

It all starts with the article below….

The GOP targets public education for deep cuts

From Bob Geary at

In Room 643, the vast committee room on the top floor of the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh, it was last rites for the Democratic Party’s control of education policy in North Carolina. Both co-chairs of the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, Democrats Doug Yongue of Scotland County and Tony Foriest of Alamance County, had been swept from office in the Republican landslide Nov. 2, making the atmosphere close to funereal as the committee met briefly last week to wrap up its business. “Real changes in the way we do business,” Sen. Foriest said, will be coming under Republican control.

Rep. Ray Rapp, a Madison County Democrat and retired Mars Hill College dean, asked that the committee go on record in favor of, above all, protecting education funding as the GOP slashes spending to close a $3.7 billion budget gap for fiscal 2010–11. “We cannot eat our seed corn,” Rapp said.

Several Democrats joined Rapp in expressing the hope that Republican Sen. Jerry Tillman, a retired public school administrator from Randolph County and part of the new Senate leadership team, would put his lineman-size body in the way of severe education cuts.

Tillman, said Sen. Bob Atwater, D-Chatham, “is a big man in more ways than one……”


And it seems that Senator Tillman’s comments didn’t sit well with NCAE…..


NCAE’s Initial Reaction:


NCAE’s Revised Action Alert:


NC Economic Forecast: January

Barry Boardman’s been at it again…..

Thats right, the great minds over in the Fiscal Research of the NCGA has put together another great presentation, now available in PDF format.

This series — a ‘state of the State’s economy’ of sorts — have proven very useful in months past.

Moreover, this is required reading for those of you interested in the ongoings of the upcoming session.

Print it out and pass it around…..



Lottery Money?

The NC Education Lottery collections are expected to be $17 million below projections. The lottery funds were used in 2010-2011 budget to fill some of the funding gap.

What will this mean for K-12 education, which requires lottery proceeds for teacher salaries and was being used for general fund revenue in the 2010-2011 budget?

Perhaps the  2010-2011 possible reversions from public schools may be short a portion of the $17 million lottery proceeds shortfall, to cover the K-12 operational budget requirements.

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