FROM THE GROUND UP: Bullying, Budget Cuts, and Online Resources

June 9, 2009
By Rochelle Williams

A historic state budget shortfall is expected to force deep cuts in education funding that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and reductions in assistance for high-poverty school districts.
 
The sheer size of projected cuts could paralyze North Carolina's classrooms if lawmakers fail to raise revenues to help shoulder some of the burden.
 
On Monday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m., the Together NC and HK on J coalitions will hold a rally and march to the General Assembly to demand a balanced solution to the budget crisis that is fair and progressive and includes new revenues. The event will begin across from the Jones Street entrance to the Legislative Building on the outdoor space between the NC Museum of History and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
 
Please pass the word to parents, students, and education advocates in your communities. For more information, contact rochelle@ncjustice.org.
 
Justice Center co-sponsors bullying forum.
On June 11, the Justice Center's Education and Law Project and North Carolina Community Advocates for Revitalizing Education will co-sponsor a reverse forum in Charlotte on the dangers of bullying with the ACLU, Equality NC, NARAL North Carolina and the Freedom School for Social Justice. Several students and one parent will speak about their experiences being bullied or watching a loved one go through the ordeal. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Unity Community Church.
 
Contact beth@ncjustice.org  for more information.
 
Advocates must monitor maze of education stimulus dollars.
The $787 billion federal stimulus package includes unprecedented investments in education and children. However, it is vitally important for parents and community members to monitor how the state is spending the flood of federal money. North Carolina's Department of Public Instruction has created several resources to make the job easier. Click here for an updated overview of stimulus funding available through DPI. To view individual grants by CFDA number go here
 
Pass the word about Learn and Earn.
More North Carolina high school students are earning college credit  through the online Learn and Earn program according to data presented to State Board of Education members last week. In spring 2009, North Carolina high school students registered for a total of 5,429 college-level courses through Learn the program. This number represents a significant increase from the 1,421 classes students registered when the program began in the fall of 2007.
 
Learn and Earn Online enables high school students across the state to register for online college-level courses through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro iSchool and participating colleges in the North Carolina Community College System.
 
For more information about Learn and Earn Online, visit nclearnandearn.gov.\
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