Education Chiefs To Weigh In On Budget

Lawmakers who get the first turn fashioning a state budget this year will hear from North Carolina's education leaders about Gov. Beverly Perdue's spending proposal.

The Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled a meeting Tuesday to listen to University of North Carolina system President Erskine Bowles, community college system President Scott Ralls and two leaders of the public schools.

Bowles has said proposed cuts in Perdue's $21 billion budget released last week could mean several hundred UNC system positions may have to be eliminated. Perdue said she tried to protect education from deep cuts and gave the agencies flexibility in how to make spending reductions.

The Senate will propose and pass its own budget plan before sending it to the House, which will create its own version.

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  • by The tooth fairy on Mar 24, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    There is ENOUGH money being spent on education in NC. It takes 60 per cent of the revenue taken in. Come on, Give us a break. You people act as if teachers have the roughest job in the world. Well, they do not. It also is not the most important job in the world. It is also a voluntary assignment. If one feels that they are not making enough, find another job. Thank you very much!
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    to tammie, I work for the state. I work with a lot deadlier material than those teachers will ever work with. So I think I would deserve a raise before they do. Teaching is a piece of cake compared to what I do everyday and I work 6-7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
  • by Brenda Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    Teachers have it doubt. But they continue to get raises at a higher percentage that other workers and no progress is being made in the schools. Why reward "same old"...
  • by tammie on Mar 24, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    to greg give back there raise man u must be out of your mind, u come try to teach these kids with what little salary they get ; know these teachers deserve every dime they make and more, maybe bev perdue will be nice and give them 1 percent of her money
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    Why dont they take the 1.8% pay raise for teachers back and put that into the education part of the budget!!!! This might help all of the jobs.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    Well, at least everyone is making their own version of the plan. My version would include putting back the $30 million that was removed by our education governor. You know, the money that was designated for education. That might cover a few job cuts. That would be change you could believe in.

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