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MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - On the night after Senate Republicans over-rided the governor's veto of the state budget, the CMS board chairman announced the budget has enough education money in it to save almost all the teacher positions feared lost.
CMS officials say they had feared huge education cuts in the state budget that didn't materialize in the end.
As a result, hundreds of teacher, teacher assistant, and support jobs (such as guidance counselor and media specialist) will be saved.
At least dozens of teacher positions will still be cut, however. CMS said it couldn't provide an exact number of how many.
On Sunday, Democratic North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue vetoed the budget passed by the Republican-led General Assembly. Perdue said she felt the budget would take North Carolina backwards and harm education.
But a CMS official says the district was not upset when Republicans over-rode Perdue's veto Wednesday, because the education money in it was enough to save hundreds of teacher jobs feared lost.
Early Wednesday morning five House Democrats joined all the Republicans to over-ride the governor's veto. The Republicans had enough members in the Senate to over-ride her veto on a party-line vote.
CMS says the money it received in the budget was enough to save the vast majority of teacher jobs lost. That includes saving teachers, but not administrators, in the Bright-Beginnings pre-kindergarten program.
Stand-alone Bright Beginnings buildings are being closed and the children moved to pre-K programs housed in elementary and pre-K through 8th grade schools.
The number of students able to go to pre-kindergarten will not have to go down due to the final budget numbers, and Bright Beginnings will continue as a program within CMS.