Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of our Public Schools

trackingCuts-web-600Franklin County Schools Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, Doug Moore, told NC Policy Watch that 2013 is not the first year they’ve had to cut teacher assistant positions.

“Really this has been going on for the past five years or so,” said Moore. “Over that time we’ve had to cut around 23 teacher assistant positions through attrition.”

Moore said that Franklin County will also have to make cuts to instructional supplies –again, a trend over the past five years or so—and other areas, but they are still working through identifying where they’ll have to make the cuts.

Franklin County 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]

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]

Franklin County

  • 23 teacher assistant positions lost over the past five years;
  • Cuts to instructional supplies and other areas TBD

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 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I know that Guilford County could offset those TA vacation days just by re-consolidating one of their “remote superintendent” offices filled with administrators paid >$100k. That is the real travesty of the educrat-complex in that they value the high paid people at the expense of in classroom positions so that they can keep their message of “for the children” alive.


    I bet for every item above, it you did some actual resarch most of these districts would have a slush fund just like Moore County….or they would be paying needless “gifts” to departing highly paid administrators like in Asheville.

    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!


    The good thing is 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!


  2. Rob Schofield

    August 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Just so our readers are fully informed, the author of the above comment is the same person who has commented several hundred times on The Progressive Pulse over the last couple years as “Doug.”

  3. Alan

    August 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm


    Yup, same troll….Apparently does this in his/her lunchtime, but posts throughout the day. Hard to do if you actually have a real job. The artist formally known as Doogie’, now going by LayintheSmakDown, I suspect is Civitas or some other wacko outfit, perhaps even part of McCrory’s team?

  4. Doug

    August 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I have my reasons…but at least you guys have not tried to dox me yet like some conservatives in the NC blogosphere have experienced.

    Alan, I am still flattered that you feel I am Civitas related but no. Alas, I am a lone guy out here just doing my part to bring a new perspective and logic to this forum….. so the people out there know the sky is not falling like all the chicken littles here try to make it seem

  5. Doug

    August 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Oh, and Rob, you are going to get tired of typing that comment over and over….enjoy that.

  6. gregflynn

    August 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Let me know when you bring “logic to this forum”. That’s something I don’t want to miss.

  7. Alan

    August 22, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Doug is back, but not as hi alter-ego this time. Lone guy I think not…not buying that. You may certainly bring a new perspective, logic on the other hand, no.

  8. LayintheSmakDown

    August 22, 2013 at 11:13 am

    That is rich when the typical greggy/Allan comment is the exact opposite of logic. You guys would not know logic if it was being handed out by the government.

  9. gregflynn

    August 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    When you LayintheSmakDoug do you make Smak Angels? Do you inject your Smak, smoke it, snort it, or just talk it?

    If you didn’t exist, Rob and Chris would have to invent you to keep the fallacial recognition program going.

  10. Alan

    August 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    LayintheSmakDown (I prefer Doogie, it’s quicker to type…). How many times do I have to remind you it’s just one ‘l’, not two.

    Doogie, if you stopped using ridiculous phrases like “Ignorance of Liberalism”, “governement schools”, “progresso/liberal”, etc., etc., etc., folks would perhaps take your comments more seriously. But you comment on EVERY topic, no matter what it is, with the same wacko talking points that someones feeding you.


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