We North Carolinians are very fortunate people! Our Republican majority state legislature had the courage to make the necessary cuts in the state budget to close a $2.5 billion deficit. By reducing spending by more than $1 billion, North Carolina’s government will live within its means preventing the bankruptcy that threatened our state and continues to threaten our nation and states and counties throughout the country.
However, ever since the budget debate began and the legislature overrode governor Purdue’s veto, numerous naysayers have been critical of the spending cuts but especially those in education. You would think that the education budget was reduced to $0! What is actually true is that the legislature trimmed bloated areas in education in favor of increasing funding for K-12 programs. The budget fully funds classroom teachers and teaching assistants, makes important education reforms, while also protecting other core state services. The education reforms will lower class sizes by hiring 1,100 additional teachers, pay teachers based on merit, and ensure students can read.