Gov. Perdue: Senate Budget Plan Is Not Good Enough For Our Children

The state Senate is discussing its 20-point, $1 billion plan that would spend less than the house plan or the governor's plan.

Senate leader Phil Berger said their plan increases all levels of education funding - K-12, community colleges and the university system - spending $59 million more than last year's budget.

Unlike the House plan, it makes good on a 1.2 percent pay raise for all state employees. The teacher pay raise could instead be used for hiring more teachers or other expenses. How to use that money is up to the local school systems. The North Carolina Association of Educators said it is simply not enough to keep good teachers.

"Parents need to be concerned about the budget. You are losing the best teachers out of the profession and you are having larger class sizes for their students," Brian Lewis of the North Carolina Association of Educators said.

The Senate is expected to pass its budget with votes Wednesday and Thursday. The governor still has the veto power and said she believes that the budget is not good enough for our children.

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