School funding should be solved locally

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Republican Nash County Commissioners Robbie Davis and Wayne Outlaw reiterated their determination last week to revamp the financing formula for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools or split the district along county lines.

During the Nash County Republican Party’s GOP Aware meeting at party headquarters in the Westridge Shopping Center, Davis said he expects the issue to be brought up before the N.C. General Assembly after the legislature convenes this spring. N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, had planned to introduce legislation calling for a referendum on whether to divide the school district along county lines toward the end of last year’s marathon legislative session but ran out of time.

Collins told the Telegram in October that he planned to introduce the legislation in this year’s session, which begins in April.

Nash County commissioners have been adamant in seeking a revised funding formula for the school district that would have Edgecombe County foot more of the bill for the education costs of Nash-Rocky Mount students who live on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount. They also want the city of Rocky Mount to discontinue its share of funding to the district and have sought to exclude city officials from discussions about the issue between members of the two county boards.

The three local governments have been at odds over the issue for nearly a year and appear to have reached a stalemate, with Nash County officials continuing to refuse to include Rocky Mount officials in discussions between the two county boards and Edgecombe County officials contesting the school funding figures that Nash County officials are citing.

We encourage board members from both counties to make another attempt to find a reasonable compromise to the school funding issue before turning to the legislature for a resolution. Rocky Mount officials certainly deserve a seat at the table, since it is the education of the children of their constituents that is at stake. Commissioners from both sides of the county line should make some type of good faith moves to set the stage for local discussions aimed at resolving the standoff.

School funding is supposed to be a local issue, and this disagreement over financing should be resolved at the local level, not in Raleigh by a bunch of lawmakers from all parts of the state, the vast majority of whom have never stepped foot anywhere near a Nash-Rocky Mount public school.

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Split

Why yall gotta be racists and split the schools betwwen our black children and white childres?

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