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Harrison to GOP: Proposed cuts will “set us back a number of years” (video)

Senate Republicans release their version of the budget on Tuesday, promising to cut less than the state House. The Senate’s blueprint reportedly would hire 1,400 additional teachers for the early grades, but it would also eliminate more teaching assistants than the House proposal.

Many of the state’s top educators applaud the idea of improving the teacher-to-student ratio, but admit they are  concerned about other sacrifices that will be made in the higher grades.

Dr. Bill Harrison, chairman of the State Board of Education, says cutting so-called “support positions” in North Carolina’s public schools will make it more difficult for the academically-gifted and at-risk students alike. Harrison notes schools will have fewer counselors and less help available for English-language learners.

Dr. Harrison outlined his worries over the weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon. To watch a portion of his radio interview, click below. To listen to the full segment, visit N.C. Policy Watch’s radio interview archive:

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