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Superintendent reacts to Governor's budget

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte - Mecklenburg school (CMS) superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison is reacting to Gov. Pat McCrory's nearly $21 billion budget.

McCrory says about half of the budget goes to fund education.  The governor has proposed a 1% raise for school employees and he has allotted money to hire about 1800 teachers.

Morrison says he appreciates what the governor has proposed but claims CMS' budget will still come up short.

"Overall it looks like less money for education," Morrison said. "That's been a trend that's been continuing the last several years. It's very concerning. So we have seen a drop in local funding over the last several years, a drop in state funding the last several years. We are now in the low 40's in terms of educational funding as a state and what has sustained us is federal funding, but that's dropping this year too. So it's a challenge and we have to meet it."

The CMS school board is already talking about next year's budget.  The district has already asked all departments to cut their budgets by 4%.  Educators say they will still try to convince legislators to find more money for education.

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