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Parents and teachers concerned about HB 13

Parents and Teachers in Brunswick County are concerned about the effects House Bill 13 could have on the school system if it does not pass. (Source: WECT) Parents and Teachers in Brunswick County are concerned about the effects House Bill 13 could have on the school system if it does not pass. (Source: WECT)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Parents and teachers in Brunswick County are concerned about the effects House Bill 13 could have on the school system if it does not pass. 

House Bill 13 would allow for more flexibility to meet the state’s mandated class-sizes in kindergarten through third grade. Brunswick County Schools said it would have to grow its 4-12 grade classes from 25 students per class to about 40+ students per class if the bill doesn't pass. 

The state House of Representatives passed the bill, but it is now stuck in a senate committee.

Emily Donovan is the president of the Parent Advisory Council at the county's largest elementary school, Belville Elementary. She's frustrated the bill hasn't moved onto the senate floor. 

"I think the most disheartening thing about this is we have been reaching out to Senator Rabon," Donovan said. "As the president of the Parent Advisory Council here at Belville, I have been working with other PACs in the county, and he is refusing to meet with the education community about HB 13 and whether it's going to move out of his committee."

Donovan said she feels that Rabon is not putting the same effort into listening to constituents as other legislators. 

"My colleagues and friends in New Hanover County just found out their senator, Mike Lee, is actually willing to meet with them and to talk to them," Donovan said. "Yet when we call and try to ask Senator Rabon if he will talk with us, yesterday his assistant told me he will no longer take any meetings or phone calls concerning HB 13."

Donovan wants parents in Brunswick County to continue to call Rabon until he talks to them about the issue. 

Other parents are afraid that schools will have to cut resources from teachers if House Bill 13 doesn't pass. To fix this problem, PACs at several Leland area schools partnered with the grassroots group Stand Up Brunswick to collect supplies for teachers. 

"These are the things that the local community could step up and help our local schools," Donovan said. "Because, by the way, our local schools are fabulous. They are fantastic and these teachers are amazing."

Donovan said the drive is going on through the end of April. People who would like to donate can find a list of needs and collection bins in front of several Brunswick County schools. 

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