June 19, 2013. Parents, educators and members of the Boone Town Council joined former congressman and N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Bob Etheridge and Public Schools First NC for a press conference at Jaycee Park in Boone in support of strong public schools.
So far, yesterday’s stop at Jaycee Park near Horn in the West is the 13th stop among a statewide tour.
In a press release, Public Schools First NC stated:
“Strong public schools have been a key part of creating the modern North Carolina—a wonderful place to do business and raise a family. Unfortunately, after years of budget cuts and other right-wing policy changes North Carolina’s public schools are in danger.
For example, state lawmakers are putting the squeeze on elementary schools. They want to jam 30 or more students into a classroom. They want fewer teacher assistants. And they want voucher money drained from public schools. Students will have less one-on-one time with their teacher. And teachers will have fewer resources like technology and text books to make up for it.”