Some high school students might have to change their summer plans if a proposed budget is passed by the N.C. General Assembly.
The proposal of the N.C. House appropriations subcommittee on education — released Tuesday — includes eliminating state funding for the N.C. Governor’s School program and charging tuition to offset the loss in funding.
Governor’s School is 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.
The school was tuition-free, funded entirely by the state legislature, until 2009. But a $475,000 budget cut to the school that year forced officials to start charging students $500 for attending.
And now students might have to pay up to $1,700.
N.C. Governor’s School Foundation President Joe Milner said he is not surprised the funding was taken out of the budget given the state budget deficit.
“But it’s a really short-sighted move,” Milner said.
To charge thousands of dollars for tuition might diminish opportunity for blacks and other minorities, Milner said.
Governor’s School is meant to provide opportunities for the students who otherwise might not have had them, he said.