Source: NC Policy Watch

The North Carolina State Constitution requires children to receive a sound basic education. A recent court decision said the state needed to double down on investments in order to ensure that students receive that guaranteed level of education. The decision, known as Leandro, commissioned a study on how the state could uphold its commitment; House Democrats introduced legislation to address the findings.

North Carolina House Democrats hosted a press call to address their plans to fulfill that constitutional requirement. According to reporting from NC Policy Watch, rural students have far fewer resources than affluent areas. Wealthy areas can add money to education because they have a larger base for taxes.

The two bills proposed by House Democrats would increase funding for low-wealth school districts and would remove the A-F grading system which penalizes areas for being impoverished, according to NC Policy Watch.

“The biggest problem facing our communities’ schools is lack of resources and support,” said Rep. Julie von Haefen. “Funding public education is necessary to ensure each child gets the instruction and attention they need to be fully prepared for success in life. As a former education lawyer and Parent Teacher Association leader, I am proud to be a sponsor of this legislation.”

Rep. Rosa Gill echoed von Haefen’s remarks.

“As an educator, a mother and a legislator, I know the value of highly qualified teachers and a good education. Public education plays a vital role in creating a well-trained workforce that will help recruit and retain new businesses and give our children their best chance at success.”

The legislation would put North Carolina back on track in terms of education spending. Rep. Raymond Smith said the time is now to make those changes.

“It is more important than ever that we renew North Carolina’s commitment and make a sound and basic education for all a top priority again. I represent a school district named in the case, it is time that we make these changes, actually it’s far past the time.”

Read the full story on NC House Democrats’ new education legislation from NC Policy Watch.