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More than 2,700 N.C. educators lost jobs, DPI finds (with Top 10 list of hardest-hit counties)
Posted By Sarah Ovaska On August 31, 2011 @ 3:04 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
Remember those claims from legislative leaders about how no classroom teachers would lose their jobs as a result of budget cuts?
Well, 847 of them did, according to numbers just released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
A total of 2,723 educators received pink slips from the budget cuts at the state level for the 2010-11 school year, according to data the school districts submitted to the state. Those figures offer the most comprehensive look at what this year’s state budget did to classrooms.
Duplin and Guilford counties did not submit their data to DPI.
This year’s batch of laid-off teachers adds to significant cuts made in other years, and as school enrollment goes up each year.
For this upcoming year (the 10-11 fiscal year), teachers at the K-12 level made up 31 percent of the lay-offs, with teachers assistants accounting for nearly half (48 percent) of all the lay-offs statewide in public educaiton.
Some schools may have started their lay-offs earlier, and the state found that 2,556 people were given pink slips and laid off in the previous fiscal year.
Here are the 10 counties with the biggest losses in this fiscal year:
Source: N.C. DPI
To see the data for yourself, go here  and download the DPI spreadsheet.
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