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Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

trackingCuts-web-600 [1]Travis Reeves, superintendent for Surry County Schools, told NC Policy Watch that he had to eliminate 10.5 teacher assistant positions and 13 teaching positions this year through attrition.

Reeves said that the class size increases are also taking a big toll on teachers.

Surry County has been able to use some local and carryover funds to mitigate the cut to instructional supplies, but “we are extremely frugal at this point,” said Reeves.

During the past five years, Surry County has had to eliminate more than 100 instructional positions thanks to budget cuts.

Surry County joins a growing list [2] 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:

Franklin County

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

Surry County