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Posted: 4:56 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012
By Alan Cavanna
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
The head of a Charlotte teachers group said they feel abandoned.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg School teachers could potentially receive a 3 percent pay increase, but only if the county approves an extra $27.5 million in funding.
Randolph Frierson, president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators, worries it's not going to happen.
"Your major resource is suffering," Frierson said of teachers.
School and county leaders met on Wednesday to discuss the proposal.
Commissioners like Jim Pendergraph said they're hesitant to hand over the extra money, suggesting the school district find the funds in its own budget.
"I'm for a good education, but I’m not for giving away the store, either," he said. "They're going to have to convince us that they need more money than we think they do."
The county will make its official budget recommendation later this month.
Public comment is scheduled for May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Government Center in Charlotte.
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