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Teacher assistants already being cut, while McCrory plans to proudly sign a budget that preserves TA positions

Posted By Lindsay Wagner On August 6, 2014 @ 10:06 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Governor Pat McCrory has said repeatedly he plans to sign the 2014 budget passed last week–and with pride, thanks in part to the fact that it preserves teacher assistant positions, which are particularly important to him.trackingCuts-web-600 [1]

But on the ground, we’re already seeing local school districts cutting teacher assistants positions as they are faced with sizable shortfalls in their budgets that were handed down from the General Assembly.

The Chief Financial Officer for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, Philip Price, explained to N.C. Policy Watch last week that this year’s budget actually spends $105 million less on teacher assistants than was originally budgeted for 2014 last summer– and this move comes on top of years of huge cuts to TAs.

Here’s what we know so far:

Got more cuts to the classroom to report? Email me at lindsay@ncpolicywatch.com or give me an old-fashioned phone call at 919-861-1460. I’ll be Tracking the Cuts once again this year.

 


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[1] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/trackingCuts-web-6001.jpg

[2] Charlotte-Mecklenberg County Schools: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/08/05/5087295/cms-faces-cut-to-teacher-assistant.html#.U-OaKoBdVfI

[3] Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools: http://www.journalnow.com/schools-lose-m-for-teacher-assistants/article_d2edc71e-1c43-11e4-9c54-001a4bcf6878.html

[4] Wake County Schools Board members called the state budget “stupid” and “idiotic.”: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/05/4052772/new-state-budget-leaves-wake-county.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1

[5] McCrory: Leaving teacher assistant positions vacant is not a budget cut : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/14/mccrory-leaving-teacher-assistant-positions-vacant-is-not-a-budget-cut/

[6] 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/

[7] McCrory casts a wider net as he looks for fixes to the education budget : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/13/mccrory-casts-a-wider-net-as-he-looks-for-fixes-to-the-education-budget/

[8] Tracking the Cuts: Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Randolph County schools forced to eliminate jobs : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/18/tracking-the-cuts-chapel-hill-carrboro-randolph-county-schools-forced-to-eliminate-jobs/

[9] Rowan-Salisbury Schools facing loss of teacher assistants : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/11/rowan-salisbury-schools-facing-loss-of-teacher-assistants/

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