NC Schools For Blind And Deaf Grapple With Budget

There are tough choices ahead for three North Carolina schools whose mission is to educate blind or deaf students.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that a plan is in the works that could mean closing one of the so-called "residential schools."

A school for the blind operates in Raleigh, while two schools for the deaf are in Morganton and Wilson. All together, they have about 220 students.

But state budget cutbacks mean one of those schools may be closed, saving about $5 million a year.

The state Department of Public Instruction is preparing a plan this fall, which will go to a legislative committee in January.

Tom Winton of the education department says there will be plenty of opportunity for public comment on the proposal.

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