Budget negotiations resume Wednesday morning with Senate and House members still at odds over how much of a bump in pay teachers will receive.
One of the sticking points Tuesday centered on the Senate’s proposal to pay for those raises by eliminating about 7,400 teacher assistants.
Stokes County Rep. Bryan Holloway said that would hamstring local school superintendents and make it more difficult for teachers to teach:
“I really just think the TAs are important; I think having an extra hand is an asset to a teacher,” argued Rep. Holloway while jockeying for the House’s latest budget proposal.
Sen. Harry Brown countered that the value of teaching assistants was being overstated:
“There are lots of studies out there that look at teacher assistants and what kind of impact it has on student results. And most of them, if not all of them, will tell you that it has very little to do with student results,” countered the Onslow County Republican.
To hear a portion of Tuesday’s budget hearing, click below. For the latest on the budget talks, read this piece by NC Policy Watch education reporter Lindsay Wagner. Wagner will be covering Wednesday’s conference committee hearing.