By: Krystle Crossman
We all know that school budgets are falling more and more every year. Some schools cannot afford the basic supplies that their students need and it ends up falling on the teachers to provide the students with the best materials for their education. The problem is that the teachers are also suffering from cutbacks and they end up paying for these materials out of their own pockets. This is exactly what Callie Hammond has gone through. She teaches high school English but has to make the difficult decision to either have a little extra spending money for her children or buy her students the materials that they need for her class because the school won’t provide them. Most of the timer her students win. It is not a fair situation that she is in but she cares about the success of her students.
Hammond teaches in North Carolina which was one of the lowest budgeted states when it came to education. A separate study that came from the National Education Association found that the teachers in North Carolina were the lowest paid in the country. Hammond stated during an interview released by Progress North Carolina that at this point it is not worth it to be a teacher in North Carolina. The superintendent of public instruction in North Carolina, June Atkinson, stated that the state really needed to be more invested in its teachers because right now it isn’t taking care of them at all. Not only is this hurting the teachers but it is hurting the students as well.
Hammond commented on the local legislation in her state saying that they are so far out of the loop on what is really going on in public schools that it is extremely discouraging. Senator Kay Hagan (Democrat) accused House Speaker Thom Tillis (Republican) of cutting the educational budget in North Carolina by $500 million. He stated that he did no such thing and actually increased the budgets as well as the teachers’ salaries. While the politicians are fighting over who did what the students and teachers are still suffering and no help seems to be in sight.