By EMERY P. DALESIO
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The state budget approved by the North Carolina House includes language that says policy governing impending school layoffs will be set in Raleigh and not by local school boards.
The State Board of Education learned Thursday that if the House budget becomes law it will be charged with setting a statewide layoffs policy rather than leaving it to local school officials to figure out.
Lee County school board member Bill Tatum doesn't like the idea because he says local officials have a better idea of what's needed most.
Republican Rep. Bryan Holloway of Stokes County is one of the chief House education budget-writers. He says the turn away from local control over school layoffs is so that policy is consistent statewide.
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