Speak NC will be rolling out a video each week featuring North Carolinians that rely on on speech therapy, nursing, or any of the hundreds of services that touch thousands of North Carolinians every year. Watch our trailer to get a sneak peek of the stories to come.
All children in North Carolina deserve the opportunity to get a sound, basic education. That’s why we created three schools that provide specialized education, work training and life skills to deaf and blind children across the state.
Unfortunately, the legislature passed a budget in 2011 that requires the Department of Public Instruction to close one of these three schools by 2012.
Teachers assistants deliver invaluable support in the classroom by providing individualized attention to students, monitoring student behavior, and sometimes even driving the bus to school.
Unfortunately, the NC General Assembly recently cut over $450 million from our public school system, which will cost thousands of teachers assistants their jobs and deprive children from the education they deserve.
Community colleges have been a lifeline for workers to update training and retool skills for new jobs during the recession.
After adding the equivalent of the entire NCSU student body in enrollment, NC’s 58 community colleges face deep funding cuts in the current proposed budget—in addition to stark reductions over the past two years. If we continue down this path, community college may cease to be an option for many North Carolinians.
Each year, programs like Teens Making a Change (TMAC) help thousands of kids like William get their lives back on track.
Unfortunately, with legislators considering multi-million dollar cuts to our state-funded mental health and juvenile justice programs, there might not be as many places for North Carolina’s young people to turn.
The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the health and well-being of the next generation—our children.
Critical services for ensuring North Carolina’s future success like those provided through Wake County Smart Start at the Lucy Daniels Center are at risk because legislators are currently considering millions of dollars in cuts to Smart Start and another award-winning early childhood program More at Four.