I've heard all the speeches and read all the legislative fantasies, and I'm still not satisfied with what I've heard about the state of the schools. The stories don't match. One question I cannot get the answer to is: Is the figure used by the state legislature for school budget before or after the reversion monies? When did the reversions start? Why? Since 2008 it has been one attack after another on schools and teachers. Teachers lost the right to payroll deduction for NCAE dues (We are not a union state. North Carolina Association of Educators is a protective group to assist teachers when they needed help – against unfair practices, legal assistance and answers, group insurance, etc.) No teacher raises. Constant attacks against classrooms, cutting the teacher-student ratios, doing away with teacher assistants. But nothing beats the cuts this year. Staff development, instructional supply money, textbook money, money to repair and replace school buses, changes in all formulas related to school support hit the fans.