The people of eastern North Carolina should not take public education for granted, but speak loudly in support of East Carolina University’s role as the state’s leading producer of teachers, a mission seriously challenged in recent years.
Funding for faculty, facilities and curriculum programs at the state’s public universities has undergone deep cuts, forcing administrators at ECU’s College of Education to find operational “efficiencies” to meet the growing challenge. Efficiency is a good thing, but after the fat burns away from the budget, the university should not be forced to burn the muscle, too.
The pressure is increasing on ECU to keep up with the statewide teacher demand, ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard and Provost Ron Mitchelson revealed during a visit last week with The Daily Reflector’s editorial board.
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