Wake School Board Grapples with Getting Half of the Money It Asked For

Wake School Board Grapples with Getting Half of the Money It Asked For

Wake County school board members had plenty to say and plentiful ground to make up Tuesday, the day after the Board of Commissioners provided less than half the new schools funding requested.

For board chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler, the lowered amount of money—$21 million instead of $44 million—meant the schools would have a tough time providing all the services that today’s children may need. With financial pressure on human services, social work, law enforcement, and other government functions, schools have become the last hope for some marginalized children, Johnson-Hostler said.

“Every part of what I would consider necessary to have a thriving society is at risk,” she said between a work session and full school board meeting.…

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