Coalition Seeks To Halt State Budget Cuts For Public Schools

Groups representing North Carolina teachers, school administrators and parents want to prevent more budget cuts to the public schools that were agreed to last year by the General Assembly and Gov. Beverly Perdue.

A coalition called "Fund Schools First" scheduled a news conference Wednesday afternoon to attempt to send a message to state officials before the General Assembly convenes next month.

The second year of the two-year state budget approved last summer by lawmakers and signed by Perdue would reduce state spending by $100 million beyond the current year's spending. They include requiring another $80 million in local school district cuts beyond the $225 million this year in grades 4-12.

The coalition planned to release a school funding report.

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