Gov. Bev Perdue today urged members of the Senate to do more to restore funding to North Carolina's schools.
"The Senate Budget means more pink slips for teachers and classroom cuts that would threaten our children's future," said Gov. Perdue. "It doesn't have to be this way. I have outlined two alternatives to fund our schools, but Senate Republicans have rejected both. This budget is simply not good enough for our children or the economic future of our State. I call on the Senate to do better."
Under the Senate budget, K-12 schools in North Carolina would receive far less funding next year than they're receiving this year. That's after all the teacher cuts this year and concerns raised by superintendents. (Schools are receiving $7.72 billion this year, which includes $258 million in EduJobs money. The Senate budget provides $7.56 billion.)
Last week, the Governor offered an alternative: generate revenue from the thousands of sweepstakes games operating across the state. Gov. Perdue opposes online sweepstakes, but she said that, since the courts have allowed the games to continue operating, the state should regulate and use revenue from them to help fund our schools.
Some estimates suggest that this initiative could raise $300 million next year, or more, depending on how it is structured.