Continue to promote education funding

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

A lot of credit should be given to teachers in the Rutherford County Schools district.

Here we have a group of dedicated individuals that spend many hours devoted to their students and dig into their own pockets for school supplies.

They serve as inspiration for our youth.

Teachers can serve as inspiration for much longer than just a school year. They can inspire children for a lifetime.

An important component of that inspiration is making sure educators have the funding and tools required to do the job.

While we have some issues with the biennial budget proposed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory recently, there were some high points.

The first of which is the proposal to hire 1,800 full-time certified teachers over the next two years.

McCrory could have taken the cheaper way out and funded additional classroom assistants but, instead he elected to put more teachers in the classroom to help stem long-standing cuts to the state’s education system.

The second initiative in the McCrory budget is an increase of resources for digital learning.

Over the next two years, McCrory proposed adding $43 million to expand digital learning initiatives and promote technology in the classroom. Funds from the North Carolina Educational Lottery would be used to purchase reading tablets and technology to help with third-grade reading achievement along with other technological priorities.

We would be remiss if we did not give additional credit where it is due to the Rutherford County Schools district and their embracing of technology in the classroom.

That goes beyond just computers for teachers.

The One-to-One laptop program and installation of “smart boards” in classrooms across the county have enhanced the traditional learning experience and, for that, educators and administration in Rutherford County as well as the McNair Foundation should be commended.

Another item in the McCrory budget that stands out is the allocation of $7.5 million to help identify high school students in need of assistance and “provide individualized student instructional strategies ...”

All of that is well and good but the key here is doing what is best for our children. To ensure they are equipped with the best tools available to face an ever-growing technological world.

That takes effort from everyone ... from administration to teachers and, more importantly, parents.

We are fortunate to live in a great school district that is filled with great teachers that care about their students.

We hope the General Assembly takes a hard look at education funding to keep great school districts like ours moving forward.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board

 

The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.