Proposed budget jeopardizes decades of progress in children’s health, education and safety
Raleigh (May 20, 2013)–Deborah Bryan, president and CEO of Action for Children North Carolina, released the following statement regarding the Senate Budget:
“The Senate budget proposes continued cuts to critical programs that support children’s healthy growth and development, and would endanger North Carolina’s ability to secure the fundamentals of a strong state economy—a well-educated future workforce, healthy citizens and safe communities.In spite of evidence that dedicating state resources to education improves child well-being and future success, the Senate budget reduces the number of available pre-K slots, increases class sizes, reduces funding for instructional support personnel like teachers’ aides and would leave our children less prepared to fill the state’s growing skills gap. These changes would result in fewer at-risk students getting the resources they need to start school ready to learn, thrive once they are in the classroom and receive the individual attention that helps prevent struggling students from falling behind.
Child-serving programs in North Carolina have sustained deep cuts in recent budget years. North Carolina cannot afford to continue to fail to make appropriate investments in its future.“
To read Action for Children’s comparison of the Governor and Senate budget proposals, visit: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs176/1102310221357/archive/1113477828908.html.