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Perdue: NC cannot sustain more education cuts

Posted November 1, 2011

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— As state lawmakers prepare to return to Raleigh next week, leaders are already starting work on the 2012-13 budget.

State education spending was cut by about $350 million as Republican lawmakers passed a budget that erased a $2.5 billion deficit without increasing taxes.

Gov. Beverly Perdue, whose veto of the budget was overridden, said Tuesday that public schools in North Carolina will be in worse financial shape next year if the state doesn't find more money for education.

Many school districts used federal recovery money they had tucked away to patch budget holes for the 2011-12 school year.

"Next year, they don't have that luxury," Perdue said. "There's not one extra federal dollar from the recovery in North Carolina. They've all been spent. The law required it to be spent."

Congress recently defeated a bill that would have helped states pay teachers next year. So, it's up to the state to find more money for education next year.

House and Senate leaders have said their budget funded every teacher and teaching assistant position in the state. Figures from the state Department of Public Instruction, however, show that more than 1,800 teachers and teaching assistants lost their jobs.

"You can't make a $300 million cut in education and not feel certain that there are going to be positions eliminated in public schools," Perdue said. "It's just disingenuous, so folks just need to stand up and tell the truth about it."

Perdue: NC cannot sustain more education cuts Perdue: NC cannot sustain more education cuts

Other state agencies are also desperate for funds.

"The biggest cuts – the most painful cuts other than to education – are going to be the cuts to Medicaid," the governor said. "You see people who are cut off from services across North Carolina because of the underfunding of the budget."

Perdue said she wants Republican legislative leaders to consider reinstating a one-cent sales tax that they allowed to expire at the end of June. House Speaker Thom Tillis said that isn't likely.

"We will continue to work for solutions to our education challenges, but raising taxes is not one of them," Tillis said. "Part of the solution is right-sizing state government, and the governor's track record on Medicaid and other issues shows that responsibly reducing the scope of government may be beyond her leadership abilities."

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  • storchheim Nov 3, 2011

    "So, what would be your plan to ensure every student has an opportunity to succeed?" - shoutntime

    In the context of single parents working more than one job, I'd say cutting off welfare to those who have kids while already on welfare would fix it within 5 years.

    The ones who are already here - sorry, can't help you there. We can't force the parents to care about the kids once they're born (and the welfare is boosted).

    Wait, isn't that the same thing people say about Republicans?

  • Rico Nov 3, 2011

    Bev, you and your cronies will be looking for a job next year.

  • Plenty Coups Nov 2, 2011

    According to the US Census, NC ranks 35th (as of 2008)in the nation in per capita pay but 49th in the nation in teacher pay. The data is very clear that our teachers are very underpaid.

    http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/ranks/rank29.html

    Teacher pay:
    http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/fbs/finance/salary/schedules/2010-11schedules.pdf

  • Plenty Coups Nov 2, 2011

    "Money is not a factor in learning."

    I guess the law of supply and demand no longer applies when it gets in the way of ideology, huh? Are you really going to try and tell me that states that pay more aren't going to attract the best teachers? Really? Yes, other variables play a part (such as income levels, importance of education in an area etc.) but attracting the best teachers can't happen when we try to do it on the cheap. We're like 49th in the nation in teacher pay. The best and brightest are choosing other professions. But at least you saved $60 in taxes, right?

  • coolwill43 Nov 2, 2011

    We tried to stop the busing and demanded equality in the schools however; you supported busing which cost the states more money more money. Can You see your pattern yet? huh

  • coolwill43 Nov 2, 2011

    We fired him you hired him.

    Former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge has a new job overseeing North Carolina’s share of the federal stimulus program, but critics are questioning whether the job is necessary.

  • coolwill43 Nov 2, 2011

    And Texas is 49th out of 51 (including DC) in SAT Scores... Your correlation is meaningless dribble...
    texas and DC are high welfare states.

  • storchheim Nov 2, 2011

    It doesn't matter whether some people rely on Pre-K (More at Four). It's not necessary to the education of a child. Cut it.

    shoutntime, you almost had it right. The ones with aptitudes for mentally strenuous careers could be put on one track - notice I didn't say better or worse - and those who show aptitudes for labor and trades, on another. It's that whole square-peg/round hole idea.

    "Manual labor" doesn't mean "stupid grunt", it may mean you can't wrap your head around office politics, or you prefer to work outside, or set your own hours.

    Why insist that a girl who wants to be an electrician get 4 years of college? Better 10 yrs of reading, writing, math, history, civics, personal finance and home economics, then at age 16, 2 yrs of vocational training. Might keep a few at-risk kids' minds occupied with something constructive and profitable. If they could see the point of the studies they might engage more fully.

  • Nancy Nov 2, 2011

    " North Carolina’s average per student funding, is $8,303 per student compared to a national average of $10,826. Ranked 46 out of 51 States including DC."

    And the states with the highest per student spending are in very expensive areas of the country.

  • jervin6 Nov 2, 2011

    Whatusay: If you follow the link you'd see I left out a lot of facts. I wasn't trying to argue spending more money equates to better education. I agree if you look at the trend over the last thirty years the US has pumped more money into education but all the indicators to measure success have basically remained the same or gotten worse. My point was, as a state we don't spend very much on public education compared to other states and for our state to continue to put education on the chopping block every time there is a budget shortfall is wrong. Why must we always cut public education and teaching positions when there are other budget items that should be cut first? Otherwise we will be forced to raise taxes to continue spending at the same levels.

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