Progress NC Statement on Gov. Perdue’s Proposed Budget

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RALEIGH — Progress North Carolina today released the following statement regarding Gov. Perdue’s proposed budget adjustments for 2012-13.

“State lawmakers are staring at a gaping three-quarters of a billion dollar hole in our K-12 schools. They need to fill that hole completely to strengthen our schools. We applaud Gov. Perdue’s for acknowledging the stark reality and presenting a pragmatic plan to deal with it. Her proposal goes a long way, but it does not fill the entire budget hole in public schools.

Legislators in the General Assembly need to stop pretending their cuts are not harming our schools. They need to listen to the warnings of their own local public school superintendents. Parents and families deserve straight talk from politicians about the challenges and their commitment to public education in North Carolina.”

- Gerrick Brenner, Executive Director of Progress North Carolina

BACKGROUND: Gov. Perdue’s budget calls for the elimination of LEA Adjustments or “reversions” worth $503 million. However, the Governor’s budget doesn’t replace the $258 million in EduJobs funds that are running out this year.


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