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Area educators upset over proposed state budget

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Some educators in the Wilmington area are upset with the impact the proposed state budget would have on public education. Some educators in the Wilmington area are upset with the impact the proposed state budget would have on public education.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Some educators in the Wilmington area are upset with the impact the proposed state budget would have on public education.

Lynn Shoemaker, a former public school teacher, said she does not like the fact that the proposed legislation targets teachers.

The proposed budget would remove "career status" for teachers and allow school systems to hire teachers in a series of contracts.  It also looks to put money into a voucher system that would provide public tax dollars to low-income students so they can attend private schools.

"The message I'm getting from the Republican majority is that no one's education is important," said Shoemaker.

Elizabeth Redenbaugh, a former New Hanover County School Board member, said she was surprised by the proposed legislation.

"We value public education in North Carolina and this budget that's been proposed does not reflect that value at all," said Redenbaugh.

The proposed budget would also add additional state-funded pre-K slots for students, and it has provisions to make public schools safer.

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