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Understanding: The Enrollment Proposal 2017-2018
Look up your address, then review your proposed 2018-19 base assignment and application schools to see if you are proposed to be affected. Watch this page for updates on the proposal.
Understanding: Public School First NC
Supporting public schools through information, education, and engagement. Stay informed here. You may also choose to sign this petition to encourage the North Carolina General Assembly to solve class size mandates with appropriate funding.
Engage: Talk to your NCGA representatives: Who represents you?
Share your concerns about class size mandates not being funded appropriately. This only puts the class size problem on grades
4th - 12th.
Discuss community and school disruption related to the new
enrollment proposal that WCPSS has had to put in place due
to the unfunded mandate.
Encourage / Demand waivers for WCPSS so that the mandate can be relaxed.
Express the need for not cutting budget and ensuring proper
payment to veteran teachers and principals.
Talk to your friends, co-workers, neighbors and social media
groups. Educate them on what is happening in the NCGA.
Our students deserve the best public schools and teachers! We want great families and teaches to stay in NC public schools. The difference between the 2007-2008 and the 2016-2017 legislative overview is hard to digest.
Our state legislature needs to fully fund the class size initiative to include money for extra teachers and specialists. Understand the class size chaos. Remember that this is a legislative mandate, not a WCPSS mandate.
Our veteran principals and teachers are a vital part to our educational system!
What is the class size mandate?
The maximum individual K-3 class sizes will drop from 24 students to
between 19 and 21 students, depending on grade level.
What about budget cuts?
Public school teachers don’t have adequate funding for basic classroom needs.
The new salary schedules for veteran teachers / administrators are
demeaning and embarrassing.
Who is impacted?
Anyone with a child in a NC public school
The legislature didn't properly fund the mandate to cut class size in the lower grades so that much-needed physical education, arts, music, and language instruction wouldn’t be eliminated.
Space for smaller classes was not accounted for, so some classes may be split
or forced to meet in makeshift locations.
Teacher salaries come from one pot / allocation / fund. If we need more
teachers in K-3 classroom, we will have to increase class sizes in all grades above that (4th – 12th) to pull teachers to the lower grades.