The good news this Friday is that no legislators are standing on the floor of the state House or Senate making ridiculous claims about how much the Republican budget does for education. They have gone home for the weekend.Read the full article
Before they left, House Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, and their top lieutenants continued to tout the budget as one that increases funding for public schools.
But that’s not what their own legislative staff says. An Associated Press story about the budget put it this way.
When the loss of $259 million in federal money used to hire 5,400 local school personnel is taken into account, the 115 districts combined would have $189 million less to work with next year, according to data provided by the General Assembly’s nonpartisan fiscal staff.
Sorry, but a cut of $189 million in education funding is not an increase.