Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

trackingCuts-web-600The Alamance-Burlington school system announced last night that a $4.9 million budget reduction leaves school officials with the task of cutting more than 60 jobs and increasing class sizes by one student.

17 teaching positions, 35 teacher assistants, two assistant principals, three directors and four student-support psychologists will be eliminated. No layoffs will be required; all of those who were in these positions will have retired.

There will also be more than $1.6 million in cuts for class room supplies, technology and staff and teacher training.

Alamance-Burlington 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


  • 17 teaching positions lost;
  • 35 teacher assistant positions lost;
  • 2 assistant principal positions lost;
  • 3 directors lost;
  • 4 student-support psychologist positions lost;
  • $1.6 million in cuts for classroom supplies, technology and staff development [The Times News]

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 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    It really perplexes me how you guys can continue to promote phantom “cuts” when the increase in school funding this year more than covers population growth and inflation. This reeks more of the typical political trope of the “stakeholders” making the most painful cuts possible in the most publicized manner possible in order to conserve their own power as much as possible. Meanwhile, administrators get rich pay packages and they keep increasing the number of administrators in lieu of actual teachers. How many $150k plus administrators do you really need pushing paper? How many teachers or TA’s would that pay for? Heck in the liberal heaven of Asheville they spent $175,000 of teacher money as a gift to an outgoing administrator:

    Oh, and admin….thanks for deleting my previous comment on this….once again I see how you guys like to squash opposing views.

  2. Doug

    August 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Whoops…I stand corrected. So many of these blog posts are repetitive and look alike. My post was not censored. Apologies to the admin.

  3. Alan

    August 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Doogie has a full time job commenting on this blog…. I wonder where Doogie really works????

  4. Dr. Ron Turbyfill

    August 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    It’s not ok. I hear way too many people say, “administrators make too much,” “teachers don’t need tenure, I don’t have tenure,” etc. I think what has happened is a lot like what happened to American GI’s during Vietnam. The public took their frustration with politicians out on them. Teachers have been made the “whipping boy” by local, state and National politicians who cannot made decisions that are opposed by the moneyed interests in the US.

  5. Phil

    August 14, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Whether Doug works for some PAC or is a concerned citizen, he brings up a point that some of us in Buncombe County find fiscally questionable. When I arrived in Asheville in 1998 I asked why there were two, separate but equal, school systems in Asheville. You have the County system and Asheville City School system with separate School Superintendents, administrators, and school boards, all funded by the tax payer. The answer I was given: race. If the city school system were taken over by the county Asheville city schools would become black overnight as the whites would race to the county schools.

    I’m a socially liberal, fiscally conservative Democrat, but some taxpayer funding do perplex me. For the record, I am also for private schools to remain private. Sending your children there is a personal choice and not one that I, Mr General Taxpayer, should fund for you. So now I have to fund two separate but equal public education systems, AND I have to fund those who decide to send their kids to a private school. Not acceptable.

  6. Doug

    August 14, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Thanks Phil,
    I commented on that exact same situation in Guilford County…but they were doing the opposite. The superintnedent there came in and created his own empire which in effect created about 4-5 new “regional” systems with all the high priced administrators duplicated in each region. This after they years ago consolidated systems for supposed efficiency.

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