It would be easy to assume the teacher rally in Raleigh this week is just about the paychecks.
But it's not.
Educators are raising awareness about school conditions – support for the classroom – textbooks, supplies, teacher assistants.
And one thing we keep hearing from the community is where does all that lottery money go? After all, isn't it called the "North Carolina Education Lottery?"
Consider this: The "education" lottery only earmarks about 30 percent of its proceeds for education.
And public school supporters will point out that even if it were funded at 100 percent of those proceeds, it would account for less than 20 percent of the annual education budget.
But, the state can do better with those lottery dollars. Legislators can start by cutting the restrictions on how that money can be used. Let the local districts make those decisions.
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