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Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

trackingCuts-web-600 [1]Lenoir’s The News-Topic [2]reports [2] 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 [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.


Brunswick County:

Buncombe County:

Burke County

Cabarrus County:

Caldwell County:

Camden County:

Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools

Cleveland County

Clinton City Schools:

Craven County:

Cumberland County:

Edenton-Chowan Schools:

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Schools:

Gaston County

Guilford County:

Iredell-Statesville Schools:

Onslow County:

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools:

Perquimans County:

Randolph County:

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District

Rowan-Salisbury Schools:

Scotland County

Stanly County