Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

trackingCuts-web-600The latest cuts to North Carolina’s public schools are in: Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools will lose 19.5 teaching positions, 14 teacher assistant positions, one instructional support position and $4,000 in funds used for the English as a Second Language program for 2013-14.

The district also will receive 78 percent less funding this year for text books and 50 percent less for classroom materials.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank joins a growing list of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts as the 2013-14 school year approaches.


While the debate rages on about whether or not North Carolina’s General Assembly actually made damaging cuts to public schools with the 2013-15 budget, NC Policy Watch is keeping a running tally of education funding cuts that local school districts are coping with as they open up for the 2013-14 academic year.

The list below links to stories in local media that detail the funding cuts at the school district level. The information in these stories is subject to change. This list will be continually updated; if you have a report to add, please email

Buncombe County:

  • 24 teacher assistants lost;
  • Teacher assistants who remain will face reduced hours and days on the job. [Black Mountain News]

Cabarrus County:

  • In May, the system laid off 129 teacher assistant positions; they have been able to restore only 22, resulting in a loss of 107 teacher assistants. [The Hickory Record]

Camden County:

  • Camden will lose funding for six teaching positions and four teacher assistant positions;
  • Superintendent Hawkins said he plans to fund his district’s teaching and teacher assistant positions that the state will not be paying for this year. [The Daily Advance]

Clinton City Schools:

  • 10 teacher positions lost;
  • $238k reduction in teacher assistant funding; and
  • 51% reduction in funding for instructional supplies.
  • The Clinton City Board of Education has not yet decided if local funds can plug some of the holes. [The Sampson Independent]

Craven County:

  • 5 teacher assistants will be laid off;
  • Additional 19 percent funding reduction for jobs next year and a spending freeze on all teacher assistant positions []

Cumberland County:

Edenton-Chowan Schools:

  • Facing a reduction in state funding of $831,385;
  • May cut as many as 8½ teaching positions;
  • May cut 8 teacher assistant positions;
  • Also faces a 50 percent reduction in funding of classroom materials — it received $132,631 last year, versus $64,926 this year;
  • 78 percent reduction in funding of textbooks. [The Daily Advance]

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Schools:

  • 19.5 teaching positions cut;
  • 14 teacher assistant positions cut;
  • One instructional support position cut;
  • $4,000 in funds used for the English as a Second Language program cut for 2013-14. [The Daily Advance]

Guilford County:

  • No TAs cut in exchange for all 1,300 teacher assistants losing 7 paid workdays. [News & Record]

Onslow County:

  • 169 positions will not be funded for teachers, teacher assistants and instructional support. []

Perquimans County:

  • 6.5 teaching positions lost;
  • 5 teacher assistants lost;
  • Funding of classroom materials cut to $52,548. Perquimans had been planning on receiving about $107,000, based on student enrollment projections for the upcoming year;
  • Textbook funding will also be reduced to $26,000. [The Daily Advance]

Randolph County:

  • All teacher assistants will take a 6% reduction in salaries next year;
  • The county will also use remaining textbook funding to try to cover remediation and staff development;
  • Instructional supplies will take a hit. [The Courier-Tribune]

Rowan-Salisbury Schools:

  • More than 80 positions will be lost;
  • $600,000 cut to instructional supplies. [Salisbury Post]



  1. Doug

    August 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    This is very perplexing, it looks more like the typical political play to “hit em’ where they will cry”. The NCGA gave these people a 4.8% increase to funding so there is no need for these cuts. Maybe they need to start with the high priced administrators…..funny how ALL of those are needed and NEVER in the mix for these phantom “cuts”. People need to wake up and see that they are being played by their elected officials and the administrators in their school systems. Just think how many of these cherished TA’s you could have for the $150.000 salary of just one central office paper pusher, or that $175,000 “gift” to the outgoing superintendent in that liberal bastion Asheville, NC…..that is where the real travesty is.

  2. Alex

    August 13, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Great posting Doug ! With fringe benefits and accrued pension cost, we are paying the Wake County Superintendent almost as much as the President of the United States. I’m not sure how we got to the point of paying administrators such ridiculous salaries. They will tell you they are in this field “for the kids”, but they will leave a position in a minute if someone makes a better offer.

  3. Concerned

    August 13, 2013 at 9:27 am

    There are thousands of new students entering the public schools while millions of dollars have been taken away. You do the math.

  4. Doug

    August 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Even being generous at 10,000 students there is a less than 1% increase in total student population. Inflation is around 1.6% per the US Treasury statistics. Compare that 2.6% to the $400,000,000 increase in funding for education which is 4.8%. This actually gives the schools more than 2% in gravy. That also does not take into account local funding that could also increase on a system by system basis.

    The point is, you need to think beyond the hysterical banter and look at the numbers.

    When I lived in Guilford County they hired a HIGHLY paid superintendent. He then went on to create about 4-5 regional superintendents making just shy of $200k each…..newly decentralized offices with all the staff needs and such. Then they went on to say how they could not afford teacher raises and TA’s. This scenario repeats way too often to have credibility.

  5. willard cottrell

    August 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Hey Alex:

    interesting point “I’m not sure how we got to the point of paying administrators such ridiculous salaries. ”

    Did you ever ask the same of the salaries of CEO’s? What do you think here:
    1. Larry Ellison, Oracle
    Total compensation: $96.2 million
    2. Elon Musk, Tesla Motors
    Total compensation: $78.2 million
    3. Mario Gabelli, GAMCO Investors
    Total compensation: $69 million

    I’m tired of cut & paste. If your interested in the real culprits of wage inflation go to:

    If you’re really interested in students – why not try teaching yourself.

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