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Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

Posted By Lindsay Wagner On August 16, 2013 @ 10:55 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

trackingCuts-web-600 [1]The Hickory Daily Record [2] 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 [3] 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 lindsay@ncpolicywatch.com.


  • 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 [4]]

Buncombe County:

  • 24 teacher assistants lost;
  • Teacher assistants who remain will face reduced hours and days on the job. [Black Mountain News [5]]

Burke County

  • $1.35 million budget reduction;
  • 43.5 teaching positions eliminated;
  • 2 instructional support positions eliminated. [The News Herald [6]]

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 [7]]

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 [8]]

Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools

  • 220 teacher assistant positions lost;
  • Reduced hours and days for teacher assistants;
  • Reduction for instructional supplies. [CMS 2013-14 Budget Report [6]]

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 [9]]

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 [10]]

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 [11]]

Cumberland County:

  • 111 teacher assistant positions cut;
  • $230,000 cut for instructional supplies. [Fayetteville Observer [12]]

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 [8]]

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 [8]]

Gaston County

  • 50 teacher assistant positions will be eliminated, on top of 50 lost teacher assistant positions cut last year. [Gaston Gazette [13]]

Guilford County:

  • No TAs cut in exchange for all 1,300 teacher assistants losing 7 paid workdays. [News & Record [14]]

Iredell-Statesville Schools:

  • 46 teaching positions eliminated
  • 60 teacher assistant positions eliminated [Hickory Daily Record [2]]

Onslow County:

  • 169 positions will not be funded for teachers, teacher assistants and instructional support. [WITN.com [15]]

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 [8]]

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 [17]]

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District

Rowan-Salisbury Schools:

  • More than 80 positions will be lost;
  • $600,000 cut to instructional supplies. [Salisbury Post [19]]

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 [20]]

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 [21]]

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[1] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/trackingCuts-web-6001.jpg

[2] Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/statesville/news/article_fc4ac4cc-02b8-11e3-b7ed-001a4bcf6878.html#.UgfuY9Y-OMM.facebook

[3] a growing list: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/tracking-the-cuts-the-dismantling-of-our-public-schools/

[4] The Times News: http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/top-news/school-system-determines-impact-of-budget-cuts-1.185888?tc=cr

[5] Black Mountain News: http://www.blackmountainnews.com/article/20130808/BLACKMOUNTAINNEWS/308080070/Buncombe-makes-2-million-cuts-teacher-assistants

[6] The News Herald: http://www.morganton.com/news/education/article_cab13bb0-0427-11e3-973c-0019bb30f31a.html

[7] The Hickory Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/temp_for_duplicates/article_919ac888-fc51-11e2-ad3a-0019bb30f31a.html

[8] The Daily Advance: http://www.dailyadvance.com/news/impact-nc-budget-hits-home-2-school-districts-eliminate-9-teacher-assistant-jobs-2132307

[9] Shelby Star: http://www.shelbystar.com/news/local/local-schools-shuffling-employees-hours-after-state-funding-cuts-1.186084

[10] The Sampson Independent: http://www.clintonnc.com/view/full_story/23297958/article-State-budget-clips-over-$1M-from-city-schools-budget

[11] WCTI12.com: http://www.wcti12.com/news/local-school-district-cuts-teacher-assistant-jobs/-/13530444/21300632/-/mhimnaz/-/index.html

[12] Fayetteville Observer: http://fayobserver.com/articles/2013/08/06/1274323?sac=fo.local

[13] Gaston Gazette: http://www.gastongazette.com/news/local/gaston-teacher-assistants-may-lose-jobs-1.186911?page=0

[14] News & Record: http://www.news-record.com/news/local_news/article_39d6cd3c-e90e-11e2-9f3b-001a4bcf6878.html?TNNoMobile

[15] WITN.com: http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/School-Boards-NC-Budget-Cuts-Create-Classroom-Staffing-Challenges-217867631.html

[16] Rocky Mount Telegram: http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/40-teacher-assistants-lose-jobs-2116891

[17] The Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/sections/news/local/hours-randolph%E2%80%99s-145-teacher-assistants-cut.html

[18] The Daily Herald: http://www.rrdailyherald.com/news/roanoke-rapids-teacher-bonus-tied-to-attendance/article_7c1c0626-05c9-11e3-8970-0019bb2963f4.html

[19] Salisbury Post: http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20130807/SP01/130809800/1016

[20] The Laurinburg Exchange: http://laurinburgexchange.com/news/news/2338510/Schools-to-cut-assistant-salaries

[21] The Stanly News and Press: http://thesnaponline.com/x1981931254/Stanly-County-School-Board-trims-teaching-assistant-hours

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