Bringing The World Home To You

© 2024 WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
120 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.445.9150 | 800.962.9862
91.5 Chapel Hill 88.9 Manteo 90.9 Rocky Mount 91.1 Welcome 91.9 Fayetteville 90.5 Buxton 94.1 Lumberton 99.9 Southern Pines 89.9 Chadbourn
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Wright School Faces Budget Axe

Wright School
Wright School

Lawmakers will make many choices when they decide on a final state budget in the coming days. One of them will be whether or not to keep openthe Wright School, a residential facility in Durham that treats children from across the state who have serious emotional and behavioral disorders.

The Wright School is 50 years old and has treated thousands of students. Kids like Theresa, who suffers from debilitating anxiety that leads to violent emotional outbursts.

Susan Alberts is her mother.

“I used to worry when she was seven – when she’s 14, she’s going to have an explosion and she’s going to grab a knife and she’s going to kill me and that will ruin her life,” said Alberts. “It’s not because she wants to do that, it’s because she can’t manage her emotions the way most people can.”

Alberts­ says her daughter’s experience at the Wright School greatly improved her condition. Theresa spent eight months there two years ago, and is now in a traditional school setting and doing well.

Lawmakers who want to close the Wright School say at $45,000 a year for 60 children, it’s too expensive. The proposed Senate budget would close the school; the House budget keeps it open. If the final budget does not include funding for the Wright School, it will close in July.

Dave DeWitt is WUNC's Supervising Editor for Politics and Education. As an editor, reporter, and producer he's covered politics, environment, education, sports, and a wide range of other topics.
Related Stories
More Stories