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Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

trackingCuts-web-600Lenoir’s The News-Topic reports that Caldwell County Schools will lose 75 positions this fall.

Forty-three teachers, 30 teacher assistants, and two instructional support positions will be cut thanks to the 2013-15 state budget.

Caldwell County superintendent Steve Stone said there will be no layoffs. The district will instead freeze hiring and leave positions vacant as staff members resign or retire. In the interim, the board will dip into its fund balance to pay those teachers, teacher assistants and instructional support staffers.

Other cuts also will impact schools this year. Class sizes will increase from one to three students per class. Funding for textbooks was cut by 77 percent, a $634,000 reduction. Funding for instructional supplies – which covers basic supplies such as paper and pencils – was cut by 51 percent, a reduction of $374,000.

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

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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.

Alamance-Burlington:

  • 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]

Brunswick County:

  • 19 teacher assistant positions lost;
  • Instructional supplies reduced by $48,407; planning to restore with local funds.  However, the per pupil amount will likely decrease slightly because we have the same amount of funding and anticipate more students.  [Officials from Brunswick County Public Schools]

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]

Caldwell County:

  • 43 teaching positions lost;
  • 30 teacher assistant positions lost;
  • 2 instructional support positions lost;
  • Class sizes will increase from one to three students per class;
  • Funding for textbooks was cut by 77 percent, a $634,000 reduction;
  • Funding for instructional supplies – which covers basic supplies such as paper and pencils – was cut by 51 percent, a reduction of $374,000. [The News-Topic]

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]

4 Comments

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    August 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    When is this “devastating cut” thread going to cover the egregious spending these schools could allocate the “cuts” to? There is nothing like continuous hysteria while not exposing the profligate spending that systems like Moore County, Guilford County and Asheville city schools spend on things like duplicate superintendents slush funds, and gifts to retiring administrators. Just do the research to see things like the $12 million slush fund Moore County has….how many TA’s and teachers would that fund?

    http://dailyhaymaker.com/?p=5417

    $175,000 is a pretty nice gift if you can get it….again about $800 per teacher in his system could have been paid with those local funds.

    http://www.ashevilledailyplanet.com/opinion/3042-daily-planets-opinion-city-schools-idiocracy

  2. Alex

    August 21, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Any one who got excited about graduation rates only needs to read this story on WRAL to see what is actually happening in public schools. We’re simply pushing them through the system, and the end result is not very good !

    Raleigh, N.C. — Less than a fifth of North Carolina high school graduates who took the ACT tests in 2013 have the reading, math, English and science skills needed to succeed in college or a career, according to data released Wednesday by the national testing company.

    Graduating seniors in the state performed worse than the national average in all four subjects, with just 17 percent of those tested meeting benchmarks in all four, and the state’s numbers were significantly worse than a year ago.

    North Carolina was also last nationally in composite score.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    August 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Here is one more story on the strengthing of our public schools. Wake county is seeing few effects and is on track to continue hiring teachers in similar levels to past years. Even retired teachers are realizing how good they have it in the schools!

    http://www.wral.com/wake-hires-nearly-700-teachers-for-2013-14-school-year/12798612/

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    August 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Here is another link showing how teachers are actually fairly well paid, but administrators are REALLY over paid. Do you realize that superintendents all make > 150k and some even more than $200k?

    http://www.thetribunepapers.com/2013/05/11/more-money-better-education/