To no one's surprise, Wake County Manager David Cooke is recommending giving the school system $313.5 million for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
County commissioners had indicated they'd be willing to give the school system the same amount it had gotten the past two years. That intention was reflected today in the $951.5 million budget proposed by Cooke.
As noted in today's online article by Thomas Goldsmith, the county is also allowing the school system the choice whether to continue spending $900,000 on 4-H and Ready to Learn programs or convert that funding to other uses.
Despite how other media outlets are reporting it, it's debatable whether the school system is getting a $900,000 increase in funding from the county.
The only way the school system can use the money for its own purposes is if it agreed to make what would be an unpopular decision to eliminate 4-H and Ready to Learn services that county Human Services now provides to schools.