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Cumberland county schools will lose more than 100 teacher assistants this fall

As reported today in the Fayetteville Observer:

More than 100 Cumberland County teacher assistants have received notice they will not return to their schools when classes resume this month.

About 111 teacher assistants have been placed on a rehire list because of reductions in state funding, according to school officials.

The state budget reduced spending for teacher assistants by $120 million, or about 21 percent. More than 3,850 teacher assistant positions in grades two and three will be eliminated statewide.

The General Assembly cut funding for teacher assistants in second and third grade classrooms by 21% for the upcoming year.

While some school districts have been able to shuffle money around to save teacher assistant positions, Cumberland County, which is a rural district that receives low-wealth supplemental funding from the state for its schools, does not appear to be able to do the same.

 

7 Comments


  1. Doug

    August 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Since TA’s have not shown to make any difference past second grade all this hysteria is for naught. Definitely a great decision to re-purpose the huge increase in funding for the schools even farther into more efficient areas.

  2. Doug

    August 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

    The graph don’t lie spending on schools is booming:

    http://nchousespeaker.com/education-expenditures.pdf

  3. Doug

    August 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

    And population of K-12 is expected to decrease up until 2017…..things are really not looking good for your premise.

    http://www.osbm.state.nc.us/ncosbm/facts_and_figures/socioeconomic_data/population_estimates/demog/statesingleage_2010_2019.html

  4. gregflynn

    August 8, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    There is a drop in K-3 ages in 2017 which corresponds with a 4 year decline in births before 2013 but other groups continue to increase after 2013. If you take all ages 5-18 there is a steady increase every year in spite of the 4 year blip that moves diagonally across the chart.

  5. Chris

    August 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Bring back corporal punishment and a teacher will have no need for an assistant.

  6. JOE

    August 9, 2013 at 11:34 am

    do away with all of the teacher assistants and make the Teachers teach or keep the Assistants and dump the Teachers.

  7. JOE

    August 9, 2013 at 11:50 am

    How many Teachers does it take to change a light bulb? They’re still in a Meeting talking about it.

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