State Superintendent of Public Instruction, June Atkinson, said in Greenville Wednesday that she is concerned about some of the proposed cuts in the N.C. Senate budget.
Atkinson was at the NC Council of Economic Education banquet honoring students from across Eastern Carolina for achievements in money management. Ironically, the state is trying to manage a $2.4 billion dollar shortfall with education dollars.
The latest budget proposal from the senate committee shows there could still be deep cuts to education. With 60 percent of the state budget set aside for education, state senators have laid out a plan that is not as steep as the house budget, but could impact those much younger students--the three to four-year-olds. Atkinson says dissolving the NC Partnership for Children could cripple the future of our state.
Atkinson did say she's pleased there's funding for 1,124 new teachers .
The senate's budget proposal heads to the house for a vote next week.