Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

Guilford County Schools lose 37 teaching positions

trackingCuts-web-600Angela Henry, CFO for Guilford County Schools (GCS), sent NC Policy Watch a full accounting of all of the cuts GCS has had to make as a result of state budget reductions and the accumulation of reductions in state funding over the last several years:

  • Increased class size by .25 =  a reduction of 37 teaching positions;
  • Eliminated $5.1 million in funding schools use for tutoring /instructional supplies/professional development/summer programs;
  • Eliminated mentor pay for teachers serving as mentors of first year teachers;
  • Eliminated seven middle school literacy facilitator positions; and
  • Reduced days of employment for teacher assistants and other paraprofessionals by 2.5 days.

Fortunately, GCS was able to place all impacted employees into vacant positions, so layoffs were not required.

Check out our growing list of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts for the 2013-14 school year.


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    September 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Gulford is definitely a county that is not hurting. When I left the triad several years ago their new superintendent at the time had the bright idea to create 4-5 “regional” school superintendent offices. I guess you would call them vice superintendents. Each office had several high priced administrators of course, and they did almost the exact same thing as the head superintendent.

    Once again, a tempest in the teapot.

    The general strategy is :
    1. Submit a pie in the sky budget that you know is unrealistic
    2. Get a reasonable (in this case a richly funded) budget handed to you
    3. Make “cuts” from the pie in the sky budget, but only to areas that cause the best headlines and stir up the most perceived pain (ie teachers, TA’s etc)
    4. Preserve rich administrative positons since those are where our buddies are
    5. Media picks up like the automatons they are because they do not agree with the political party in power
    6. Low information progressive crowd bites hook line and sinker without actually thinking about reality…then goes on to click more Miley Cyrus twerking videos.
    7 Faux outrage on progressive sites…..because you know it was all cool when our guys were doing even more drastic cuts.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    September 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I also would not be surprised if Guilford, like Statesville, has it’s own high priced lobbying firm. But as intelligent as they are in that county they will probably also help fund that NCSBA initiative I linked to the other day. Now we CAN’T get rid of that spending to keep in the classroom either!

  3. Alex

    September 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Do we have have to endure every one of these stories until we get to end of the alphabet ? Time to get on to something else !

  4. Lindsay Wagner

    September 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm


    Thank you for following NC Policy Watch’s work. I am posting these stories as I learn about them (not in alphabetical order) to bring attention to local level cuts to public education budgets that are a result of reduced education spending at the state level.

    If you would like to read about something else that is education related, you can read my story about school vouchers over on our main site:


  5. LayintheSmakDown

    September 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    They are going to keep these stories going theoretically until the democrats get back in power. Then the series will go dark and the crickets will chirp because all will then be right with the world….LOL.

  6. Alan

    September 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm


    I understand this may have no effect on you, directly or indirectly, but it certainly affects many people affected by the job cuts, or kids being forced to learn in ever larger classroom settings.

    Thankfully, the ongoing reporting of what is actually happening on the ground in the NC public eduction system debunks the constant drone of the mythical increase in spending touted by this administration.

    It’s hardly a secret that the GOP is very much against public education, or as some on this forum like to refer to as “government schools”. I know a number of folks who work in the public school system, and the cuts are very, very real. Repeating the mantra of “What cuts? We’ve increased spending” is getting rather old…

    If you can’t endure the reporting, then why do you read & comment?

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