A follow-up from yesterday’s post, "Numbers don’t lie, but Republicans do. Part III: Teachers and the budget" — The News & Observer's editorial board writes today:
When they boasted of adding state funding for 2,000 additional teachers in their budget, Republican lawmakers fell all over each other to get to the spotlight. Yes, they did fund those 2,000 teaching spots with state money. But what one hand gaveth, the other tooketh away.
The additional state money didn’t cover the loss of emergency federal money that had funded more than 2,000 teachers. And, the GOP budget ordered local school districts to return to the state a total of $429 million. To meet that obligation, school districts had to cut, and some of them cut teachers.