This morning’s News & Observer offers a sympathetic story on the possible shutdown of the Governor’s School. While the story’s basic facts are correct, it conveniently fails to mention the controversy which has dogged the school in recent years. Parents, former students and law makers have accused the program of holding radical views and having a pro-gay agenda.
The problems kept the Governor’s School in the public eye and ultimately led to changes in the program. However they also left a bad taste in the mouths of many who funded or supported the program.
The Governor’s School is no different than other entities seeking limited state funds. While the school may have done some good, the economy– coupled with a history of controversy — gave legislators compelling reasons to vote against it.