For those on the left who think House and Senate budgets spell the end of public education as we know it, calm down. Both House and Senate proposals make reductions of 8.8 percent for K-12 education. Consider two additional facts. If you average the House/Senate K-12 budgets, the total is approximately $7.2 billion. That is a little less than what NC spent on public education in 2007 -08. Second, state support for K-12 student in 2010-2011 was $4,842. An average of the House and Senate budgets results in state support per K-12 student of $4880.
Interested in the differences between the House and Senate proposed budgets? The Fiscal Research Office has developed a useful comparison. Access it here.