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BREAKING NEWS | Tradition calls for the Senate and the House to alternate which chamber drafts the budget bill each long session, and it is the Senate’s turn. WRAL is reporting that House leaders are moving forward with their own budget next week. In response, Berger, according to WRAL, “went so far as to say there may not be a comprehensive spending plan this year.” In 2019, Governor Cooper vetoed the proposed state budget. Between federal funds, the unallocated general fund dollars that have accumulated because a budget wasn’t enacted (about $6.98 billion in mid-May, according to projections), and the state funding to be appropriated in this budget cycle, there is an unprecedented amount of money to be invested in our schools and our community colleges, in our state and our future. While mini-budgets on issues like education are also possible, they are less transparent, making it much harder for voters and advocates to track spending year to year. Whether mini-budgets are passed or a comprehensive spending plan, this state deserves a robust budget process this year. Here is more from the News & Observer.

The State Board of Education will meet Wednesday and Thursday, June 2 and 3, in the 7th floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. The agendas for this meeting and executive summaries are available online.

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Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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