If it’s Friday…

it’s Talking Points with the Founding Fathers!

With all the hype the Herald has produced this week with their reporting on the budget process for our school system, I thought it would be interesting to get some “education” on Education. 

So I went to the source:  NC DPI

According to NC DPI:

North Carolina public schools receive on average 65 percent of its funding from the state, 25 percent from local revenue and 10 percent from the federal government.

 And while googling for information I found this scary fact.  It’s one that I hope our current fiscally conservative BOC is prepared for Jeff Moss to employ since a good deal of us already know he has a history of taking such actions (a history that the Herald has yet to really do an expose on):


” G.S. 115C-431 authorizes a local board of education to initiate a dispute resolution process with the county if the local board of education determines that in any given year “the amount of money appropriated to the local current expense fund, or the capital outlay fund, or both, by the board of county commissioners is not sufficient to support a system of free public schools . . . .” There are several stages to the dispute resolution process, including a mandatory meeting of the two boards, followed by mediation. If both these steps fail to produce a satisfactory outcome, the local board of education may file an action in superior court against the county. And, according to the statute, the issues to be determined by the court are “the amount of money necessary to maintain a system of free public schools” and the “amount of money [ ] needed from sources under the control of the board of county commissioners to maintain a system of free public schools.”

The North Carolina Supreme Court recently interpreted G.S. 115C-431 to “itself assign to the local government responsibility for funding ‘a system of free public schools’ . . . .” Thus, in any given year, a county may be required to fund additional operational (and capital) expenditure items than those explicitly specified by the statutory provisions listed above. Furthermore, what expenditures a county is legally required to fund (and at what level) will depend, at least in part, on the amount of funding a local school administrative unit receives from other sources.”

We better be prepared.

Patrick Henry

“Give me liberty, not liability.”

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1 Response to If it’s Friday…

  1. Patrick Henry says:

    I am hoping they read this blog. Why? Because they need to understand there is something called a counter suit. And it is far past the time to leverage rights. The NC Supreme Court is Not the end all. They could be overruled. Citizens still have rights.

    The taxpayers have had enough.

    And the last time I checked we are not under a dictatorship with this school board and superintendent. The current BOE members who claim they are conservatives better start using a bully pulpit and inform the citizens. Otherwise they will be targets and lose their jobs on the BOE. I guess that word isn’t PC since our city council passed a civility resolution.

    Ugh. Founding Fathers are turning over in their graves!


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