RALEIGH, NC-- Public education advocates in North Carolina say proposals in the General Assembly would deal a major blow to a system that's already hurting.
Former Congressman Bob Etheridge joined about 30 teachers and parents Friday to raise awareness about legislation they say will harm instruction, student preparedness and the financial health of public schools.
Etheridge says people are not paying attention to proposals limiting eligibility for the state's pre-kindergarten program or removing class size limits in some elementary classrooms. He also complained about cutting the number of teacher assistants and taking money from public schools through tax credits for parents who send children to private schools.
Supporters say those ideas will save money, offer greater flexibility for school management and offer greater choice to the parents of children in inadequate schools.