Proposed NC budget would end teacher tenure, pay tuition vouchers

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Legislators are set to vote on a historic $20.6 billion budget this week that would have the state take a giant step toward further privatization of education, end teacher tenure, and compensate victims of the government eugenics program, The News and Observer reports.

Teacher assistants take a hit in the budget released Sunday, which reduces state spending on them by $120 million, or about 21 percent.

According to the report, the budget ends funding for the embattled Rural Economic Development Center, whose longtime president, Billy Ray Hall, resigned under pressure last week. The budget creates a division focused on rural economic development within the state Department of Commerce.

At UNC schools, out-of-state students would see tuition increases of as much as 12.3 percent next year. Tuition at community colleges will increase $2.50 per credit hour this year, bringing the cost to $71.50 per credit hour for in-state students.

The House and Senate passed separate budgets last spring that spent about the same amount of money, but represented different priorities. The budget released Sunday represents a compromise between the two chambers.