Sherwood Calls McCrory Assault on NC Public Education Shameful

Senate candidate says McCrory’s state Board of Education appointment, proposed budget cuts undermine public education

November 2, 2016

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Art Sherwood is endorsed by the NCAE

LENOIR, N.C.   Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina Senate District 45, today criticized recent actions by Governor Pat McCrory and the GOP-controlled North Carolina General Assembly that have dramatically undermined public education.

Sherwood offered, “I am often asked why I am running for office. While I have recently been pointing to the loss of real North Carolina values under the current administration and legislative leadership as my motivating reasons, no value is more important than providing the constitutionally-guaranteed education to North Carolina’s children. McCrory and the GOP-led legislature have shown repeatedly that they do not value public education, and are indeed out to destroy it.”

He added, “But you don’t have to take my word for it. Ask any teacher! That is why I have the support of North Carolina’s public school teachers for this senate race.” Indeed, in September, Sherwood issues a position paper on education, “Ask Any Teacher if Raleigh Republicans Value Education.”

Sherwood said, “If you want public schools to succeed, you have to be champions for them. McCrory and his legislative minions are not. Two clear examples – of hundreds – point to this.”

Art Sherwood

Art Sherwood

Sherwood explained, “The appointment earlier this year by McCrory of J. Todd Chasteen to serve on the State Board of Education is an insult to all North Carolinians who have worked to ensure the state’s public schools are second to none.” According to news reports, Chasteen attempted to get a public high school English book banned from a classroom in Watauga County a few years ago, is a strong proponent of home-schooling, and his wife runs a private Christian school. Hence, asserted Sherwood, “Chasteen is not a champion of public education.”

Sherwood continued, “I do not oppose private schooling – at home or in a religious or secular setting. But putting Chasteen – a tax attorney with no record of involvement in public education – on the state board, is not in the interests of the children in our public schools. Rather, it serves those interests trying to destroy public education.”

Sherwood added, “It is noteworthy that Chasteen is there because our current state senator, who also works with him, sponsored legislation that led to his appointment. This is unacceptable. I will be a champion for public schools, not a subversive plant to undermine them.”

Meanwhile, while McCrory is campaigning on his education platform, North Carolina Policy Watch reports that the governor is asking the state schools to cut two percent from their budget for the coming fiscal period. “It is interesting that McCrory isn’t talking about that,” said Sherwood.  “But,” he added, “It’s not surprising. Why? Again, ask any teacher! They will tell you. He is gutting their classrooms and micromanaging them from Raleigh.”

According to the report, a two percent cut would cost the public schools nearly $175 million. Yet, the state is reporting a surplus of more than $400 million because of regressive taxes passed under McCrory. Sherwood observed, “Cutting funds to public schools when we have a budget surplus, as our population rapidly increases, our schools are aging, and teachers are leaving for better paying positions in other states or professions can only be characterized one of two ways – insane or insidious. Neither, of course, is acceptable.”

Sherwood concluded, “As I noted earlier, I’ve been talking about real North Carolina values. Since our first public schools were established in the 19th century, they have helped our state prosper and our citizens enjoy the lifestyles they desire. I can’t stand back and let them be destroyed. Neither can you. That is why I ask for your vote.”

Senate District 45 includes five counties – Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga. Sherwood is a resident of Caldwell County. Early voting is underway and runs through Nov. 5. Election Day is Nov. 8.

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