STATEMENT FROM STATE SUPERINTENDENT JUNE ATKINSON REGARDING GOVERNOR’S BUDGET DECISION
“Come this August, almost 1.5 million students will enter North Carolina public schools, an increase of nearly 12,000 students from last year. The budget the Governor vetoed needs to include more resources for principals, teachers and other support staff to meet the needs of these students. If we are going to increase our graduation rate from its current all-time high and prepare all students for college and a career, the budget for public education must be stronger.”
STATEMENT FROM STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIRMAN BILL HARRISON REGARDING GOVERNOR’S BUDGET DECISION
“Governor Bev Perdue made a good effort to reach across party lines to create a budget compromise that would have provided additional much-needed funding for public schools. It is unfortunate that the leaders of the General Assembly were not willing to meet her even less than half-way to come up with a revised plan. The current budget would give schools $190 million less than they had last year to hire teachers. This level of funding is not enough to sustain progress or support student achievement. It is clear that she is left with no choice but to veto this budget.
Right now, superintendents across North Carolina are waiting for a final budget before they make critical spending decisions for the coming school year. That is why it is imperative that lawmakers work together in the coming days to quickly come up with a budget that does more for our public schools, students and the state.”