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More evidence of the General Assembly’s failure to protect education

From this morning’s Charlotte Observer:

“WEDDINGTON — The Union County School Board reluctantly decided Tuesday night to slash more than 400 classroom positions in July, to deal with a $10 million budget shortfall.

In a meeting at Antioch Elementary School, the board voted unanimously to eliminate about 55 teaching positions and more than 350 teacher assistant jobs. The cuts will go into effect at the start of the 2012-13 fiscal year, July 1, and will be felt in classrooms when school starts in August.

Superintendent Ed Davis said the budget shortfall is caused, in part, by the end of federal stimulus money.”

The story might have noted further that House Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger et al. knew that the federal stimulus money was ending (heck their allies in DC made it happen!) and still pursued their reckless and counter-productive tax and budget cuts.

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