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Loss of stimulus money could mean deeper school budget cuts

Posted May 25, 2010

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— As Wake County and school systems across the state consider budget cuts for the 2010-11 school year, they could also be facing even more cuts in 2011-12.

That's when $900 million in federal stimulus funding runs out. How the loss of the funding will affect each district varies.

Loss of stimulus money could mean deeper school budget cuts Loss of stimulus money could mean deeper school budget cuts

In the Wake County Public School System, which received $85.6 million in stimulus funds, it could mean a loss of more than 550 positions in pre-kindergarten and math tutoring programs, as well as janitorial and clerical jobs.

"We increased our pre-K program. Are we going to be able to continue that? I think that's unlikely if the stimulus money is not there," school board member Ann McLaurin said.

Wake County did not use the stimulus money to specifically hire teachers, so those jobs are not at risk, but that's not the case in other school districts.

State leaders fear that, when the stimulus money runs out, thousands will be out of work.

"We are fearful of that cliff," June Atkinson, state Superintendent of Public Schools, said. "We are very fearful in public education that we won't be able to recover for many, many years."

It's one reason that state educators are urging lawmakers not to cut local funding any further.

Although Wake County has planned for the money not being there, board member John Tedesco says filling budget gaps could mean deeper cuts.

"We need our state legislators, who claim to be in favor of education, our governor, who claims to be an education governor, to put their money where their mouth is and help the school system out," he said.

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  • superman May 26, 2010

    This is an easy fix. Do like they do with cigarettes and alchol-- put an extra tax on people who elect to have children. Why should people without children had to support public education.

  • Canes Girl Forever May 26, 2010

    Get rid of the "more at four" pre-k program. It's not even available to everyone.....yet I pay for it. I wish my son could have gone to the pre-k program at the elementary school he will attend in August. Unfortunately, we are not a disadvantaged, underprivileged family on welfare. So, I paid for childcare AND the "more at four".

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy May 26, 2010

    "And why should the WCPSS have a pre-K program? Isn't this a parents responsibility? Following their logic, they should have a nursery care program."

    It's a cradle to grave kinda thing. They also feed b'fast, lunch and want to start dinner service. Pretty soon WCPSS will just take them from the delivery room, mold them according to their social planning and then call you when they have their first court appearance so you can claim they didn't do it.

  • fatchanceimwrong May 26, 2010

    When you cut off the money, organizations learn to operate more effeciently and effectively. Too bad it's not a 2-way street. We can't exactly tell the government that we're cutting their funding and that they need to be more efficient, though that would be nice.

  • NoFreakinWay May 26, 2010

    Bev thought they would do a stimulus package every month the way she had her hand out. Schools and especially teachers can blame her totally for what will come next year. When 1000's more of you are permanently let go.

  • JustAName May 26, 2010

    What were they expecting? Did they think that the Fed would do a stimulus package every year?

  • colliedave May 26, 2010

    "We increased our pre-K program. Are we going to be able to continue that? I think that's unlikely if the stimulus money is not there," school board member Ann McLaurin said

    And why should the WCPSS have a pre-K program? Isn't this a parents responsibility? Following their logic, they should have a nursery care program.