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Union County Residents Call For Increased Education Funding At NC House Panel On Education

A North Carolina House committee studying the future of public education is continuing its tour around the state with a stop in Union County. 

The House Select Committee on an Education System for North Carolina’s Future started its session at 5 p.m., with presentations from Union County Public Schools officials. Following the presentation, an hour was designated for public comment. 

Many of the comments consisted of community members calling for the use of funds laid out in the court-ordered Leandro plan.

If state lawmakers implemented the court-ordered Leandro education plan to provide a sound and basic education to all North Carolina children, Union County would receive increases in instructional support funding, funding for teaching assistants, textbooks and for classroom supplies.

Under the Leandro plan, Union County would also receive the following additional education positions by 2028: 233 more Instructional Support Positions, 40 Career Development Coordinators, and seven Community School Coordinators.

Union County is just one of many examples of how the implementation of the Leandro education plan can benefit state public schools, support teachers and support staff, and rightfully invest in quality education for students across the state.

The next committee meeting will be on April 4th, in Gaston County, and will provide another opportunity for more community members to advocate for increased education funding for their local schools. 
If you’d like to watch the Union County meeting, you can do so here, and read the presentation from local officials here.

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