Who will the NCGA take care of - kids or corporations?

North Carolina General Assembly

The NCGA has the opportunity to make a choice.

Will they provide adequate funding for public education?

Or will they continue to starve our schools while providing tax cuts for wealthy corporations?

Together, public school employees and supporters have been engaged in an ongoing fight for resources to protect the health and safety of our schools and communities.

We are now facing a global pandemic - without a budget that could have addressed the needs of the most vulnerable.

Our support staff remain in a situation where they have been unable to save in order to protect against loss of work time due to forced closures. Many public school employees and families are among the 500,000 North Carolinians who are without healthcare due to the North Carolina General Assembly’s refusal to expand medicaid.

The schools and caretakers that we have systematically been depriving of resources are now the last line of defense for some of our most vulnerable. While our government continues to give billions and trillions away to bail out the wealthiest, the rest of us can depend on only each other.

We call for the NCGA to stop diverting resources to the wealthiest in the form of tax cuts and corporate entitlements, and immediately make resources available to ensure:

  • All NC residents have access to necessary medical care regardless of their ability to pay
  • All NC medical facilities have access to necessary medications and diagnostic materials and equipment and are empowered to provide the diagnoses, care, and treatment necessary to avert a public health disaster
  • All state employees are held harmless and receive all wages and benefits even in the case of forced closures of state and public facilities and programs
  • Hourly and low wage workers and others experiencing financial hardship receive emergency relief due to the economic impact of potential quarantine
  • The social resources and safety net necessary for our communities to undertake precautions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus without fear of individual economic hardship
  • Resources are made available to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and families and plans are made to ensure the continued in-person instruction of students once the crisis is resolved, with the knowledge that digital or remote instruction is inequitable, ineffective, and does not represent sound basic education

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North Carolinians value our public schools. We want to see every student succeed.

We want all schools to have the resources necessary to support the development of all children, including clean and safe classrooms, relevant instructional materials, and appropriately trained and prepared staff who are committed to the school community.

We want all public school employees to receive equitable and sustainable compensation in order to ensure their well-being and their continuity in our schools.
We must address the NCGA’s failure to include public school workers in $15/hr minimum wage provided to all other state employees.

We know that thriving public schools benefit everyone by leading to greater economic growth, healthier and stronger communities, and a demonstrably increased quality of life.

We insist that our whole community has access to health care that allows us to be healthy, active, and alive. When a public school student or family member is unable to afford needed treatments, or dies on the way to a hospital towns away, their learning suffers because they suffer.

We know that we do not have to choose between public schools and closing the healthcare gap. Our state has the resources to provide both.

We call for the revocation of Senate Bill 578 which gives away $1 billion over the next 5 years in corporate tax cuts, and the investment of the resulting $1 billion into public schools and healthcare in these ways:
-A 5% raise for all public school employees including a 5% COLA for retirees
-The expansion of Medicaid to close the healthcare gap for 500,000+ North Carolinians

These funds belong to the people of North Carolina to be used for the common good. There is nothing that will benefit us more than learning and living.