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Governor McCrory discusses education and SBI

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Governor Pat McCrory was in Charlotte Thursday announcing changes to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and he also answered questions about the state budget.

There appears to be some confusion over if the state is giving school districts enough money to pay for teacher assistants. Charlotte - Mecklenburg school district (CMS) Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison says the district is about $2.6 million short. He claims that budget gap from the state maybe the reason for the district not hiring more teacher assistants at this time. 

Morrison claims this year the state changed the way it pays for teacher assistants and that maybe the reason for the disagreement.  School leaders did meet with state budget leaders Thursday to settle the dispute. 

Governor Pat McCrory claims the state's budget does right by school districts and has words for school districts that claim the state budget comes up short.

"That has nothing to do with our budget," the governor said. "We are supplying the exact amount of money - regarding if they use the money that we sent them. They can hire every teacher aide in Mecklenburg County that was on the payroll this year next year." 

While school districts and the state work out their differences, McCrory discusses the changes being made to the SBI. It will now be an independent agency. The Governor or Attorney General will no longer be able to call off an investigation because it may damage the political party that may be in control.

"There will be the highest of ethical standards," McCrory said. "We will take the politics out of law enforcement and in addition there will be loyalty to the decisions that are made for the sake of the safety of our citizens."

B.W. Collier was name acting SBI director.  After the General Assembly confirms him, his term will be eight years. SBI's in 42 other states operate as an independent agency. 

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