Gov. Beverly Perdue says she'll oppose efforts by lawmakers to increase class sizes in North Carolina public schools.
Perdue spoke Friday to the state convention of the North Carolina Association of Educators. She said she needed its members to work with her to keep a teacher pay increase in the final budget.
Raising the average class size by one student could save the state $170 million. But Perdue, a former teacher, said such a move could eliminate the need for more than 3,000 school teachers.
Her $21 billion budget proposal includes an average 1.8 percent pay increase, which would allow teachers to keep getting a little extra for each year of experience. Other state employees would get no raise.
The association is the state's largest teacher organization.