McCrory: NC shouldn’t have taken federal stimulus money without a plan (Audio)

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:

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2 Comments

  1. david esmay

    April 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    If you think it’s ugly now, wait till the fall when the real effects of the GOTP budget hit. Tillis and Berger will have to go into hiding. They are about to feel the wrath of little league and soccer moms. Keep kicking that bees nest boys.

  2. david esmay

    April 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

    This just goes to show you the hypocrisy of the GOP. The derided the Dems for taking the money, and then used it to shore up their education budget, and now that the money is gone, they criticize the use of it. Morons.