by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The Johnston County Schools has an $8.8 million budget deficit, and school board member Ronald Johnson claimed that the superintendent and some school board members were up to no good. In response, school board members pushed back on Johnson’s claims. On Friday, interim school superintendent Jim Causby resigned. Causby complained that there were “roadblocks and interference by others on the board which have impeded my ability to effectively fulfill my role as Superintendent.” Superintendents work for the school board, so claiming that his employers were somehow interfering with his work is puzzling.
Today, the News & Observer reports, “Johnston County school leaders warned Monday that layoffs may be needed if they don’t get additional funding soon from county commissioners.” Where is the outrage over the district’s mismanagement of taxpayer funds? If this were a charter school, the usual suspects would demand that it be closed immediately.