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Perdue: School spending to go up by $350M

Posted March 16, 2009

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue told members of her Education Cabinet Monday that spending on public education will increase by about 2.5 percent in the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Most state agencies are expected to see deep spending cuts in Perdue's proposed budget, which she said she would submit to state lawmakers on Tuesday.

Education School spending to increase, despite deficit

Perdue told members of the education policy advisory group that her budget will focus on job creation and retention and on education.

"If your bailiwick is not involved in one of those priorities, there are only bad times ahead for you in the budget, for the most part," she said.

Backing up the pledge to increase per-student spending that she made last week in her State of the State address, Perdue said schools statewide would get an extra $350 million in her budget proposal.

Still, the state Department of Public Instruction and administrative positions in local school districts would see cuts under her proposal.

Perdue also proposed last week spending $17 million on community college and vocation education programs for worker training and another $62 million for infrastructure projects and targeted industries to create jobs.

Perdue said Monday that the community college system would also see cuts at multi-campus sites and off-campus centers. While the University of North Carolina system would take some hits, she said her proposed budget fully funds need-based financial assistance and enrollments.

"In this most challenging economic environment, I actually hope we've been able to do a little bit of good for all three (public education) systems and to mitigate the losses," she said.

The state budget is $2.2 billion in the hole for the 2008-09 year, which ends in June, according to the latest projections. Fiscal analysts say the deficit could reach $3.4 billion in the fiscal year that starts in July.

Perdue has ordered state agencies to reduce spending this year by 9 percent. She also tapped almost $800 million in the state's "rainy day" reserve fund and has used money from the lottery and other trust funds to create a $300 million emergency account to cover day-to-day expenses as needed.

State Budget Director Charles Perusse said last week that some state agencies could see cuts of up to 15 percent to help balance the budget. Lawmakers also have suggested raising taxes on cigarettes and alcohol to generate more revenue for the state and offset recession-related declines in sales, corporate and personal income tax collections.

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  • FairPlay Mar 17, 2009

    Lets stop trying to educate ILLEGALS and spend the money wisely. NC kids are not getting any smarter.Our Governer cannot even do the math! Hope the House votes it down. Straight ticket voting should to be illegal!

  • Eduardo1 Mar 17, 2009

    Doctordataclerk, as usual you are on the money, good brief comment. Our teachers in most cases deserve what they earn, but..in times like this a 5 or 10% GROSS cut, would have little effect on their take home, which they could supplement with the 183 days that they do not teach. No one likes to take a salary or benefit HIT, but we are in tough times. President $$$$$$$ Obama & Gov $$$$$$ Purdue both feel we are in for the long haul, so not only does the private sector have to bite the bullent, but so must public employees. First thing, stop wasting money on flying all over the place and use teleconference means to get the message. We have seen enough of the Prez & Gov in the last 2 years.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Mar 17, 2009

    We spend more on public education per pupil in this country than any nation on the planet and kids taught in a grass hut in Tanzania can write better letters with better grammar, using English than our public school kids can.

  • G-man Mar 17, 2009

    Say what you want, More AT Four is a tax payer funded day care. The parents of those kids should be teaching their children those things. I always thought it was unusual a child had do bad on a test to qualify for a program.

  • 1Moms_View Mar 16, 2009

    windswayfarm, you're wrong when you said, "She'll guarantee herself a block vote of teachers". This teacher did not vote for her and won't in 4 years unless she starts taking responsible actions. That's not likely to happen. It's business as usual in NC politics and budgets.

    Read her breakdown of where she intends the "education" money to go. That money will never hit local school systems. That money is going to start new businesses (hmmm her buddies???) and many other areas that will never direct a cent towards your local public schools.

    She is raising the cost of teachers' insurance and premiums on their families, while at the same time, reducing their benefits. She plans discriminatory price increases against some populations which will ultimately bring a class action suit against the state. Perdue has no clue what school systems need. She needs to set foot in our schools and hold discussions with actual classroom teachers so she can get some idea of the reality.

  • jlh4jdj Mar 16, 2009

    Ok we elect a politician and then wonder how the funny math comes in. Keep in mind that most politicians are just liars who can beat the system, so far.

  • FloydRTurbo Mar 16, 2009

    Governor Dumpling is trying to come across as a responsible caring executive but she is irrelevant. As always, the power in NC politics are the same reprehensible back-room scallywags that got us into this mess .... Marc Basnight & Tony Rand.

    They tell Bev when to jump and how high.

  • PeaceOut2017 Mar 16, 2009

    she's increasing spending in a recession? Democrats must have tax and spend, tax and spend genetically coded in their DNA.

  • whatusay Mar 16, 2009

    Deport the illegals and we could take a cut in the education budget. Why do politicians not see what is happening?

  • Nancy Mar 16, 2009

    "My daughter attended The More at Four Program here in Goldsboro last year. It was an excellent program and is not a "babysitting" program. The teachers Mrs Jones and Mrs Boykin provided enrchment for all of the students (12 at that location) that helped prepare the children for kindergarten this year. It would also help if more parents became involved in their child(ren)'s education and got to the PTA meetings. Money won't fix what mom and dad can."

    Dang! My kids went to a non profit preschool program that I paid for back when they were 3 and 4 years old. Parents had to volunteer to be aides as well as serve on various committees.

    My kids and most of the children there had very good parenting at home, most were there for group social benefits as well as being in a group and having to listen to one adult (good for Kindergarten time).

    Spending taxpayer money to do the same to me is just a large social handout on the backs of those who work and pay their own way.

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