Major Recommendations: Public Education
Career and College – Ready, Set, Go!
Governor Perdue’s budget provides resources to meet individual student needs and to ensure that students graduate prepared for a career, 2-year or 4-year college, or technical training. Major budget recommendations are:
Provide $39 million for diagnostics in grades K-3 and 5 to ensure that basic deficiencies in reading and math are addressed before students move to middle school.
Provide $1.4 million recurring for diagnos tics in reading, writing, science, and math in grades 8 and 11. The State Board of Educa tion shall maximize the use of federal funds to implement an academic boot camp to address basic deficiencies and ensure that students graduate college and career ready.
Implement the funding formula adopted by the State Board of Education for the North Carolina Virtual Public School. This supports an estimated 25% enrollment growth and an average student course enrollment cost of $324.
Provide an LEA flexibility reduction to be allocated based upon average daily member ship. LEAs shall use federal funds, including funds received from the federal recovery act as well as teacher attrition to mitigate this reduction.
Budget $36.6 million in additional lottery receipts to support K-3 class size.
Reduce the central office appropriation by 5% and the assistant principal appropriation by $8.9 million.
Reduce the Department of Public Instruc tion’s budget by $11 million and 36 positions.