Nearly a week after N.C. legislators passed the state budget, many education experts are still unsure how to evaluate its impact.
An ideal budget would allow the creation of an education system worthy of children in North Carolina, said Keith Poston, executive director of the N.C. Public School Forum.
“The state budget released by the House and Senate budget conference does not make education a priority for our state," he said.
Of the affected parties, Poston said he has a major concern for the budget's impact on public school teachers in the state in particular.
"Our teachers, the single most important factor in academic achievement, are once again largely left out," he said. "Nearly 70 percent of North Carolina public school teachers will receive no salary increase at all in this budget."
Maintaining teacher assistant jobs in early grades was an important element of the budget.
"But it's a sad day when we are spotlighting resources we didn't lose instead of increased support for education," he said.
But Jenna Robinson, president of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, said the budget reflects the state's priorities.
"(The) higher education portion of the budget shows that the legislature is committed to the UNC system," she said.