PERDUE: Craven, Onslow & Pitt To Lose $18M In School Funds

Governor Beverly Perdue says three school systems here in the East would take major budget cuts under the proposed Senate budget.

The Governor's Office Wednesday released figures compiled by the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction. Early analysis shows that Craven, Onslow and Pitt counties would have to cut $18 million. The Governor's Office says those cuts would force the counties to lay off teachers, assistants and administrators.

Both Onslow and Pitt counties would face $6.8 million in cuts, according to the news release, while Craven County would be cut $4.3 million next year in state school funding.

The Senate gave tentative approval to a spending plan for next year that Democrats claim will harm public education and health care programs for the poor.

The GOP-controlled chamber voted Wednesday along party lines in favor of a two-year budget that spends nearly $20 billion for the year starting July 1.

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