RALEIGH, NC – Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina State Director Donald Bryson issued the following statement in response to State Board of Education Chair Bill Cobey’s remarks regarding recent cuts to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), North Carolina’s education department. The General Assembly voted to reduce the department’s operating budget by 6.2 percent for 2017-2018 and by 13.9 percent for 2018-2019. The legislature’s budget for 2018-2019 boosted overall education spending by $700 million, including increases to teacher pay.
“I think we all hope that Chairman Cobey remembers who he’s supposed to serve and decides to shift his focus to the students in North Carolina’s classrooms rather than the job security of his fellow administrators,” said AFP-NC State Director Donald Bryson. “The North Carolina legislature was right to direct fewer resources to the DPI building in Raleigh and more resources to the classroom. Our goal should be to help teachers teach and children learn, and that won’t happen by spending even more money to prop up administrative fat in Raleigh.”
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