It was your basic Friday bad news dump, with the new Republican majority in the General Assembly announcing that they intend to eliminate between 5 and 10 percent of teaching positions and increase class sizes, on their way to cutting $1 billion from education alone.
"Public schools are going to be squeezed hard," boasted Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph.
They say their target is "dead wood," bad teachers, and apparently there are thousands of them to hunt down and string up.
Their real target is public education itself.
Meanwhile, the Watauga County Board of Education, with a majority of Republicans, voted unanimously (4-0, with Lee Warren absent) again to oppose Senate Bill 8, which is another assault on public education in that it mandates public schools share more and more funding with charters. Sen. Dan Soucek of Watauga voted for it.