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Latest budget proposal could spell trouble for TAs (video)

State senators offered a new budget proposal Tuesday – one that included 8% raises for teachers and would fund second-grade teaching assistants. But teaching assistants in the third-grade, they would not be funded in this latest proposal.

And there’s another wrinkle, as Rep. Nelson Dollar discovered when seeking clarification on the Senate’s new numbers:

“If I’m reading that correctly, this offer would still cut TAs of that allotment roughly in half, and in addition to that…the funds that remain there, are those largely non-recurring funds?” asked the Wake County Republican.

“That is a non-recurring compromise,” responded Sen. Harry Brown.

Rep. Dollar noted that relying on one-time funding for thousands of second-grade teaching assistants would certainly create a problem next year.

But Sen. Brown said his side has made ‘key concessions’ from their initial budget proposal.

Senators and House members also remain about $30 million apart on Medicaid spending, meaning that aged, blind and disabled patients would see some services cut.

House budget conferees are mulling over the Senate’s latest plan, and are expected to come back with another proposal from their side later in the week. To hear some of Tuesday’s debate, click below:
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3 Comments

  1. Alex

    July 16, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Why get worked up on tentative budget proposals that may never get passed anyway ?

  2. Nicole

    July 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Teachers need more than 8%. We are a state employees that can qualify for welfare and other government assistance. 4 to 6 Years of education to be demoted every year. NC best bet is to make the starting salary 48-50 a year. Great teachers are going across state borders. Teacher assistants and mentors are a necessity, look at the poverty. Wake up

  3. Pertains!

    July 17, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Yes we can picture the future. A shortage of teachers because they have all either moved , quit or the lucky ones will have retired. All the kids will attend private schools that can be controlled by the most dominant parents. Usually the loudest 5 percent will get what they want as far as what will be taught so it will not matter that the Common Core has been discarded. Watching the local and national news makes me both sad and ashamed at how far NC has declined.