ADVOCACY NEED: VOTE YES on HB13
Last year, the General Assembly passed a bill to limit class sizes for grades K-3 starting with the 2017-18 school year. Unfortunately, the unintended consequences of an unfunded mandate that would require thousands of new K-3 teachers in public schools across the state.
Contact members of the NC Senate Education Committee TODAY
What’s the impact?
- WCPSS would have to add more than 400 new teachers in grades K-3 next school year, according to school system estimates.
- The net: The effects of this law may:
- Eliminate special art, music, and PE classes and put experienced teachers out of work, while requiring the hiring of hundreds of new, and possibly inexperienced, elementary school teachers.
- 4th and 5th Grade classes could have high numbers of students (40+).
- Classroom teachers could be required to teach mandated arts and music curriculum.
- Forced track reassignments.
- Classes meeting in non-traditional classrooms due to lack of adequate space in the schools.
- Lose of teacher assistants in lower grades.
How can we keep art, music, PE, media, and technology in our school?
- Brier Creek Elementary PTA supports the passage of HB13 that will adjust the class size problem and save our specials. (see position statement)
- This bill unanimously passed the NC House of Representatives, however, it is sitting in the Senate because the Senate Rules Committee will not bring it forward for a vote.
What can YOU do to help?
Call, email, or write their state Senator, as well as the Senators leading the Education and Rules Committees (where HB13 is currently sitting) to encourage them to bring HB13 forward for a vote and to VOTE YES on HB13 to save Art, Music, PE, Media, and Technology in elementary schools.
The NC Senate is in session right now so ACT TODAY!
Who to contact?
CLICK HERE to find your NC senator & representative