Thursday, November 20, 2008

SNT: Why take from the Schools

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The state is ordering school districts throughout North Carolina to return $58 million to help cover its growing budget shortfall.

Local administrators notified of the cuts Tuesday said they will begin working this week to slash already tight spending plans.

The Nash-Rocky Mount school system is required to return nearly $700,000 – or roughly three-fourths of 1 percent of the state money it received this year. Edgecombe County Public Schools will have to return about $380,000.

The education funding recall – the first of its kind since a 2002 state budget shortfall – is part of across-the-board cuts being ordered by Gov. Mike Easley. The outgoing governor is asking all state agencies to tighten spending to help fill a budget gap that some financial experts say could surpass $1.6 billion.

Easley’s office told the N.C. Department of Public Instruction earlier this month to trim $119 million from its budget, and education officials found about half that at the state level.
Please tell me why when teh state can't budget the budget and they come up short, they always take from the schools the most. It seems to me that the state doesn't care at all about education. You never hear of them taking a paid cut to help out do you.

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