CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants to spend $30 million over the next two years on finding education innovations, but that won't be possible without Washington's approval to redirect federal Race to the Top money.
McCrory spoke about education Thursday at a conference hosted by the state's chamber of commerce. He's proposing a package of extra funds that schools would need to compete for by showing changes that improve student performance, similar to the president's Race to the Top program.
McCrory emphasized that North Carolina's new budget will spend more on kindergarten through 12th grade students than last year. But the legislation specifies that classrooms will get $117 million less than what they would have if lawmakers changed nothing but accounted for increased enrollment and inflation.