Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata reiterated his tough talk today about the need to avoid making deep state K-12 education funding cuts.
During today's press conference, Tata said he has spoken with a number of state legislators including state House Speaker Thom Tillis. He said he warned against making the "draconian cuts" that would come from the state House's proposed 8.8 percent cut and the state Senate's possible 10 percent cut.
"I am delivering the message that 8.8 percent is too much," Tata said. "It’s my desire that they listen to me as leader of the state’s largest school district.”
Tata is still hoping to get only the 5 percent state cut that he's factored for in the school budget. He said the 8.8 percent state House cut is at the "extreme right edge of my negotiations."
He also reiterated his statement from last week that the state House budget could cost 1,000 positions in Wake.