Yesterday, State Superintendent Catherine Truitt released a letter to state leaders, urging action on the budget. Addressed to Governor Cooper, Senate Leader Berger, and House Speaker Moore, the letter outlined significant potential impacts to K-12 programs if leaders cannot agree on a budget.
Possible program impacts
For instance, without a new budget, some program costs will shift to local districts and schools. Other programs could end entirely. Sup. Truitt cited impacts to DPI’s electronic licensure system, the Student Information System, and more. More than 150 schools, including many public charter schools, will lose funding for basic wireless in classrooms, she said.
Waiting for resolution brings its own costs.
Sup. Truitt wrote:
“While I understand that negotiations continue to play out, I want to make it clear that the Department of Public Instruction–and NC’s K-12 education system at large–is facing considerable obstacles while we wait in limbo.”
Read more about Sup. Truitt’s letter from WRAL.