Education Simplification Amendment Is Overdue

The NC State Superintendent has had a lot of freedom to put North Carolina on the hook for big future spending and in obligating our state to activities that one can arguably say would fall in the category of a power overreach.

Just take the one example of Common Core. Dr. Atkinson, along with Governor Perdue, committed North Carolina to the Common Core before the standards were even published via North Carolina’s Race To The Top Application. That very act alone deserves scrutiny and an investigation, but to date, nothing has been done. Bluntly put, these two pretty much just got away with it. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Or it goes to India.

In the same vein, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has grown every year, nearly unchecked. Educrat bloat, bureaucracy and layer upon layer of ‘new positions’ that rationalize other ‘new positions’ has been the result. That growth has a long list of high salaries attached to it as well.

I pulled down the salary information for DPI last Fall and found that 45 people there made more than a base salary of $100,000.  The top paid official is Rebecca Garland at $153,824. In point of fact, there are over 1,000 employees at DPI with a cumulative salary total of over $67 million. Now consider that in 2012, every single one of them got a legislative increase that totaled  $1,619,748 over all. Anyone who wants a copy of this data can contact me at I also have the Education Lottery salaries.

Overreach. Bloat. Unchecked powers. Big Government at its finest.

Perhaps it is time to reign in the unchecked power and amend the NC Constitution?

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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