As the 50 states pass their budgets in trying times, education spending is taking one of the hardest hits. In North Carolina, the cuts are so severe that Gov. Beverly Perdue warns "they will do generational damage" to public education.
Deep cuts in funding for education were inevitable in North Carolina. The state is $2.5 billion in the hole, education takes up over half of the state budget, and there's a new Republican majority in the legislature.