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.