Twenty months after the Education Jobs Fund was signed into law, many school districts are worrying about what will happen now that the federal money is expiring. The Edu Jobs fund provided North Carolina with $297 million to save jobs in NC schools at the height of the Great Recession.
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Pat McCrory weighed in Tuesday morning on the recent appeals by educators who say North Carolina lawmakers must do something to replace the millions of dollars in lost revenue, which could result in further classroom cuts.
McCrory criticized officials who accepted the federal money for having no back-up plan, knowing that the stimulus money would dry up:
“We’ve got to accept some financial reality. Like the private sector, we all are going to have to do more with less,” said McCrory.
McCrory says he wants to talk about educational strategy, rather than focus on the budget.
The former Charlotte mayor joins us on News & Views this weekend to discuss his vision for education – including performance pay for teachers, more charter schools, and more hand-held technology.
For a preview of McCrory’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below: