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Roger Gerber - NC Senate

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Solutions for increasing liberty while solving education problems.

After 100+ years of one party rule, the NC Senate needs reforming. Twenty of the 50 NC Senate seats will be uncontested in November. Only nine senate districts can be considered competitive. The one-party monopoly combined with non-competitive districting means that the Senate operates on a top-down basis. Fewer than a handful of Senators decide what legislation will be considered and what will become law. My candidacy gives citizens of Chatham, Lee and southwest Durham County the opportunity to help make the NC Senate a representative body that debates solutions.

Better public schools provide parents options and costs taxpayers less money. Charter Schools are public schools open to all NC students. They provide parents, regardless of income, options to find a school that successfully educates their children. Parents choose to have their children attend charter schools; parents do not pay tuition; students are chosen by lottery. Charter schools do not receive building funds, saving local governments approximately $1,000 per year per child. This year, charter schools operating in Chatham County are saving taxpayers over $500,000. If one were to base school success solely on test scores, Chatham charter schools would perform better on average than county-run schools.

The NC General Assembly has imposed a state-wide cap of 100 charter schools. If the charter school limit were removed, charter schools could handle all the projected student growth in Chatham County. There would be no need to spend additional tax dollars for new school buildings. In recent years, the NC Senate has had the opportunity to abolish the charter cap; however, the handful of senate rulers has refused to even discuss the issue. Want more food for thought? Visit gerberNCsenate.com.


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