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Legislature Likely To Vote On NC Budget Next Week

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Republican legislative leaders say they're getting closer to reaching a deal on the state budget and will likely vote on it next Wednesday or Thursday.

On Twitter, Republican House Speaker Tim Moore wrote that he met with Senate Leader Phil Berger until midnight on Tuesday, trying to craft a final spending plan.

Senate budget writer Harry Brown says the House and Senate have come to terms on most of the budget items, including spending for driver's education. 

"The money's in, we're thinking about policy...and we're just trying to get more oversight on the program itself," he said. 

After loud protests from teacher assistants and educators, Republican House and Senate leaders have also agreed to keep funding for TAs at last year's levels. But they haven't agreed on whether schools could use that money for other needs. 

House speaker Tim Moore says its will take several days to draw up a spending plan once leaders reach an agreement. Lawmakers are now more than two months past their original deadline and have already passed three extensions. 

 

 
 

Reema Khrais joined WUNC in 2013 to cover education in pre-kindergarten through high school. Previously, she won the prestigious Joan B. Kroc Fellowship. For the fellowship, she spent a year at NPR where she reported nationally, produced on Weekends on All Things Considered and edited on the digital desk. She also spent some time at New York Public Radio as an education reporter, covering the overhaul of vocational schools, the contentious closures of city schools and age-old high school rivalries.
Jess is WUNC's Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting. Her reporting focuses on how decisions made at the North Carolina General Assembly affect the state's students, families, teachers and communities.
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