The Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hurts Children

Chris Farr from Americans for Prosperity explains why the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (HB 188) should be passed in the beginning of this video. Mandy Ableidinger from Action for Children then speaks out against this legislation and states:

“The Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights hurts children”


As outlined in my previous article, North Carolina is not Colorado. I understand Ms. Albeidinger is passionate about children’s welfare. In fact, another video below gives a perspective of her views as they pertain to Latino children. Her assertion that 90% of Latino children in North Carolina are legal citizens is not based on facts. Our educational records show the influx of Latino students for the portion of the year when planting season starts. Since these children do not speak English and are in our schools for a portion of the school year, their test schools negatively impact our schools’ test scores. Maybe she can explain the incredible cost for North Carolina’s “English as a Second Language” in our schools.


The association with NC Policy Watch and Action for Children raises warning flags. How many tentacles does the North Carolina “Justice” Center have? Here is an article today from this progressive site:

Education shell games

There was one small, if mostly symbolic, victory for truth and justice this week associated with the horrific budget making its way through the state Senate: Republicans finally abandoned their longstanding (and certifiably nutty) argument that better funding does not help when it comes to improving schools.


It is obvious that these groups have not seen “Waiting for Superman” or is their motive the implementation of the Cloward-Piven strategy? The liberal Washington Post even reported how badly our educational dollars are (mis)spent:

The Real Cost Of Public Schools

We’re often told that public schools are underfunded. In the District, the spending figure cited most commonly is $8,322 per child, but total spending is close to $25,000 per child — on par with tuition at Sidwell Friends, the private school Chelsea Clinton attended in the 1990s.

What accounts for the nearly threefold difference in these numbers? The commonly cited figure counts only part of the local operating budget. To calculate total spending, we have to add up all sources of funding for education from kindergarten through 12th grade, excluding spending on charter schools and higher education. For the current school year, the local operating budget is $831 million, including relevant expenses such as the teacher retirement fund. The capital budget is $218 million. The District receives about $85.5 million in federal funding. And the D.C. Council contributes an extra $81 million. Divide all that by the 49,422 students enrolled (for the 2007-08 year) and you end up with about $24,600 per child.


We have to acknowledge that we have a problem when the cost to educate a child is more expensive than tuition at a university.  I agree that nothing is more important than investing in our children’s future. Throwing money at problems is not the solution: it only makes the problems bigger. Our state is broke or as one House Representation put it “broken“. The people opposed to HB 188 are not looking out for our children: they want to indoctrinate them as “useful idiots” to support their Socialist state.

David DeGerolamo

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