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Pitt County Schools budget director: Senate budget proposal makes teachers into pawns in a political game

Posted By Lindsay Wagner On June 9, 2014 @ 4:34 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Michael Cowin, Assistant Superintendent of Finance for Pitt County Schools, had some startling words for Pitt County School Board members last week, when he presented them with the Senate’s 2014 budget proposal for education.

“It appears that the Senate’s version of the budget proposes salary increases for teachers as a pawn in a political game that allows certain areas of education to be put on the chopping block.”

The Senate budget would cut 117 teacher assistants (TAs) from Pitt County schools, increase class sizes in second and third grades to eliminate 12 teaching positions, reduce the transportation budget by $300,000, and cut five school nurses from the district’s schools – an overall reduction of $5 million in state funding.

“It’s saying these areas aren’t needed,” said Cowin. “We need to promote to our legislative group the importance of teacher assistants in all areas, and not to be using such areas as leverage in a political game.”

Cowin also notes a key conflicting element contained in the Senate budget proposal – drastically cutting TAs while putting $300,000 into the Read to Achieve program, which relies on TAs to administer reading assessments that determine third graders’ reading proficiency.

Watch this cut of the video to see Cowin’s presentation and Board members’ reactions, who applauded Cowin for his courage to stand up and call out the Senate proposal as he saw it – a political game.

You can watch the entire Pitt County school board meeting from last week here. [1]


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[1] watch the entire Pitt County school board meeting from last week here.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDNTUChRUDI

[2] Wake County Schools to lose nearly 700 teacher assistants under Senate budget plan : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/03/wake-county-schools-to-lose-nearly-700-teacher-assistants-under-senate-budget-plan/

[3] Nearly half of NC’s local school boards sign on as plaintiffs in school voucher case; several also reject teacher contracts : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/02/03/nearly-half-of-ncs-local-school-boards-sign-on-as-plaintiffs-in-school-voucher-case-several-also-reject-teacher-contracts/

[4] Fat raises (in exchange for tenure rights) vs. frozen pay – NC teachers face a difficult choice – (video) : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/29/fat-raises-in-exchange-for-tenure-rights-vs-frozen-pay-nc-teachers-face-a-difficult-choice-video/

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