A Facebook message regarding the possible elimination of a high school summer program spurred strong reactions from many UNC students who describe it as a life-changing experience.
N.C. Governor’s School, a six-week summer residential program for high school students that provides academic and fine arts classes at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh, might be axed by the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly after almost 50 years.
The program, which was founded in North Carolina, was funded entirely by the state legislature until 2009. But a $475,000 cut to the program’s budget that year forced officials to start charging students $500 in tuition.
A state budget shortfall of about $2.4 billion this year has made the program vulnerable once again. And this time, legislators are considering eliminating the program entirely even though Gov. Bev Perdue proposed maintaining funding.
“That’s been the information coming from different places,” said Joe Milner, president of the N.C. Governor’s School Foundation.