Following is a letter to parents from the head of one our local PTAs, Debra Cassidy at Bailey Middle School. It comes as the Mecklenburg County Commission considers its proposed 2013-14 budget, including school funding. The county commission meets Thursday night.
This time of year always brings much discussion and distress as budget decisions are made regarding funding for our schools. Not only do we have the local issues of CMS requesting approval of their budget from County Commissioners, but we also have the State Legislature making budget decisions as well.
AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, CMS is working with County Commissioners for approval on its proposed budget. Available funding will be divided between CMS and CPCC.
The Mecklenburg Area PTA Council is asking for a show of support for CMS
at tonight’s, Thursday, May 30th, County Commissioners meeting at 6:00 pm in Charlotte – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street. If you can attend and show support for CMS it will be beneficial. The PTA Council feels the larger the presence of CMS supporters the better in order to get the County Commissioners to take notice.
AT THE STATE LEVEL, it is important to know that the changes made to the proposed state education budget will DIRECTLY AFFECT our children and our school here locally.
If you click on the link below it outlines many of the proposed budget changes. Please pay special attention to the sections about the loss of over 4,000 teacher assistants and cuts of over $376 million dollars which will affect instructional support, classroom supplies, and an increase to class sizes (no limit).
I urge all of you to please write to our state legislators and let them know that our children’s education is important. By cutting the funding needed to pay for assistant teachers and instructional funds we are truly jeopardizing the future leaders of this state! Please follow the link to read details and contact your legislators today!
LINK: Details on proposed State Education budget cuts
Debra Cassidy, BMS PTSA President