Just a few minutes ago, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (his staff really) tweeted the following:
“Our budget adjustment restores $158 million to K-12 education and increases state funding for teachers/TAs #ncpol #ncga”
Now, anyone with any familiarity with the English language could only take this one way: that the Senate was “restoring” money that had been slashed from public education — either last year or, maybe, that had been proposed to be cut by the House of the Governor.
This however, is quite demonstrably NOT true. It is, in other words, an intentionally misleading statement.
As today’s Fitzsimon File highlights, the Senate budget actually takes K-12 spending down by another $200+ million below the inadequate levels proposed by the House. By not making up for the expiration of federal emergency dollars that were designed to tide states over during the recession, the Senate would make North Carolina’s already inadequate education budget that much worse.
The bottom line memo to Senator Berger:
If you think North Carolina public schools should receive hundreds of millions less next year and fire thousands more educators, then have the guts to say so. Don’t play word-parsing games reminsicent of Bill Clinton’s infamous “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”
Come on Senator, be a
man leader and own up to what you are doing.