Asheville area Dems call out GOP on state of NC public education

Asheville area Dems call out GOP on state of NC public education

ASHEVILLE – With one week before Asheville and Buncombe County teachers go back to work and two weeks before students are back in the classroom, the state still hasn’t passed a budget, holding school funding in the wings.

That and other perceived harms to public schools was the message county educators, parents and Democratic lawmakers sought to highlight the afternoon of Aug. 14 as they gathered at the Buncombe County Democratic Party headquarters to discuss the state of public education in North Carolina.

“As the parent of a student in Buncombe County Public Schools, this is personal for me,” Buncombe County Democratic Rep. Eric Ager told the audience a couple of hours before the Asheville City Schools Board met later that night.

David Kayler, a North Carolina native and English teacher at Nesbitt Discovery Academy spoke at the Aug. 14 press conference surrounding the state of public education in N.C.

David Kayler, a North Carolina native and English teacher at Nesbitt Discovery Academy, said he loves what he does but can feel the weight as the attitude around public education has changed over the past few years.

“I’ve heard veteran teachers talk about how their salaries are frozen in place as the cost of living just keeps going up. I’ve witnessed good people who deeply care about kids suffer painful burnout,” Kayler said.