Challenging…austere….and devastating… Those are just some of the words used to describe the new school year as thousands of students return to class this week.
North Carolina’s public schools have lost 15,000 positions and about 6,000 people over the last three years because of budget cuts, according to the state Department of Public Instruction.
State Superintendent June Atkinson said Wednesday the latest round of personnel cuts, coupled with the loss of millions of additional dollars for instructional supplies, has left many educators worried about their ability to provide students with a sound, basic education.
Atkinson believes the Republican-controlled state budget that drops North Carolina to 49th in per-pupil funding sends the wrong message about North Carolina’s priorities.
Dr. Atkinson joins Chris Fitzsimon on News & Views this weekend to discuss the budget strain and recent changes to Pre-K education. For a preview, click below: