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Legislative Republican leaders Paul Stam and Phil Berger say they want to debate Governor Perdue for the next couple of weeks in different places around the state. Here’s a better idea: Why don’t the two of them go around the state and help local public school officials find some money to alleviate the anxiety and suffering that is taking place in anticipation of the new, under-funded school year?

As Ann Doss Helms explains in an article in this morning’s Charlotte Observer (“State budget woes spell a-n-x-i-e-t-y for educators: Teachers wonder if they’ll have jobs as districts await the money that will determine how many they can keep.”) districts all over the state are scrambling madly to deal with the impact of the budget crisis.

“I’ve been in this business 33 years. This is the worst year we’ve ever had, by far,” says Hank Hurd, chief operating officer for Durham County Schools, where the Research Triangle Park has traditionally meant a big infusion of county cash for schools…”I don’t see how we could get a worse scenario.”

Sounds like something more than a little, modest belt-tightening (as Stam and Berger have suggested) will be required.



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