Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

trackingCuts-web-600The Hickory Daily Record reports that Iredell-Statesville Schools laid off 40 teacher assistants and eliminated 14 teacher positions through attrition back in June.

But the final budget numbers have required even further cuts – ISS will have to lose an additional 32 teachers and 20 teacher assistants.

That totals 46 teachers and 60 teacher assistants lost.

“There are people right now that think they have jobs that will not have jobs,” Dr. Alvera Lesane, associate superintendent for human resources for I-SS, told the Hickory Daily Record a mere 17 days before the start of school.

Iredell-Statesville 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 [email protected]


  • 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]

Burke County

  • $1.35 million budget reduction;
  • 43.5 teaching positions eliminated;
  • 2 instructional support positions eliminated. [The News Herald]

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]

Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools

  • 220 teacher assistant positions lost;
  • Reduced hours and days for teacher assistants;
  • Reduction for instructional supplies. [CMS 2013-14 Budget Report]

Cleveland County

  • 50-60 teaching positions will likely be eliminated;
  • 30 teacher assistant positions eliminated;
  • Dozens of teacher assistants should expect reduced hours. [Shelby Star]

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 [WCTI12.com]

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]

Gaston County

  • 50 teacher assistant positions will be eliminated, on top of 50 lost teacher assistant positions cut last year. [Gaston Gazette]

Guilford County:

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

Iredell-Statesville Schools:

Onslow County:

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

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools:

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]

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District

Rowan-Salisbury Schools:

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

Scotland County

  • 45 teacher assistant positions eliminated, which includes 25 layoffs;
  • All TAs will see their salaries reduced to 82 percent of what they would normally receive;
  • Other bookkeeping, custodial and finance positions will be eliminated. [The Laurinburg Exchange]

Stanly County

  • Teacher assistants hours cut by 30 minutes each day;
  • Four teacher assistant positions will be eliminated;
  • One custodian position and one receptionist position will be eliminated
  • Textbooks will be reduced by $75,000. [The Stanly News and Press]


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    August 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I still have yet to see anything substative other than hysterical teacher cuts. If the educrats were actually serious about their fiscal responsibility they would look at the bloated administration budgets instead of attempting to fool people by phantom cuts to the classroom. Their increase in spending for the next budget is more than rich by at least 2.2%. I guess this continuing series is meant to be a poster boy for the scientific law of Ignorance of Liberaism.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    August 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    When are we going to get to Moore County Schools? Not that this is unique to that county, but they have $12,000,000 sitting there. Maybe this site needs to to some true investigative journalism to call the educrats on the carpet for their slush funds and not actaully using the funds they do have.


  3. Alan

    August 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I guess ‘LayintheSmakDown’, is Doogie in disguise. Exact same wording from earlier posts, i.e., “scientific law of Ignorance of Liberaism.”, though spelled incorrectly this time.

    Really? You use the term “ignorant” far too frequently to describe folks who may disagree with your myopic view. Time for ‘Team Civitas’ to come out of the closet.

  4. willard cottrell

    August 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    “LayintheSmakDown’ has his/her (who knows or really cares) opinions. A better sign of intelligence would to explain how this budget is better for education? Explain how larger class size, less spending on materials increases efficiency for teachers and more knowledge for students. How will lower wages result in better teachers? Why are larger class sizes better for both teachers and students?

    Layin doesn’t really care, nor does he care to ask intelligent questions. Teachers are easy to attack, everyone does. But who are the ‘real’ teachers – – – parents. In a number of instances the trash they send to our teachers is rotten to the core.

    This new budget is 10% below funding for the yr 2008. We’re talking here about the baseline budget before all of the shell games that the state board, local board and superintendents play. When my rep Presnell calls this a ‘GREAT” budget and claims it increases the money for education; how then, in the world is, every county struggling with this budget. Asking such a question is called “critical thinking” something far too may N Carolinians lack.

    So when reading the ‘trash’ by writers such as layin, it’s obvious that they had a poor education, brought on by their parent’s inability to instill a reasonable sense of honor and civility into them.

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