The calm before the budget storm
Governor Beverly Perdue continued to roll out what she clearly believes are the positive aspects of the budget recommendations she will present to the General Assembly Tuesday.
Perdue called a meeting of the Education Cabinet at the Northern campus of Wake Tech Monday afternoon to release a few details of her proposals for education. Spending on K-12 will increase 2.5 percent in her budget, an increase of $350 million, and it’s clear that funding from the federal stimulus package will make that possible.
Perdue also says she will reform the state’s standardized testing program that she says has”fallen off the deep end,” and spend $3 million on the state’s disadvantaged schools as part of the response to the Leandro court decision about low-wealth schools.
The budget will fully fund enrollment increases at university campuses, spend more on virtual education and create 12 more early college high schools. Perdue also said her budget will not include any new bonded indebtedness for construction.
She will ask public school officials to find more specific budget cuts than she will propose and said officials at each university campus will have the chance to determine how to handle budget reductions.
She also repeated her warnings that education and job creation were her priorities and folks whose “baileywick” was not in those two areas would be very disappointed.
That doesn’t bode well for the human services world.