GOP school board member to GOP legislators: Fund our Teaching Assistants (video)

Wake County school board member Bill Fletcher wants the General Assembly to understand one thing: teaching assistants are critical to the classroom.

Fletcher, the lone registered Republican on the school board, spoke out at Tuesday evening’s board meeting clearly frustrated the state budget, now seven weeks overdue, could force the county to cut hundreds of TAs.

“These aren’t paper pushers. They are qualified professionals, helping children learn and teachers teach,” explained Fletcher.

“Legislature, listen please. These are valuable people. They contribute mightily to the success of our children and our schools, and we need them.”

Fletcher’s remarks came as the school board made the difficult decision to suspend its driver’s education program until they know whether the program will be funded in the final state budget.

About 12,000 of Wake County’s teenage drivers go through the school system’s drivers ed program annually.

Click below to hear board member Bill Fletcher in his own words:


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    August 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Well, maybe if it is so important they should look at not hiring more bloated administrative employees. Our school systems have gotten out of had with this constant (false, especially in Wake) cry of poverty when they are able to hire multitudes of high cost, non-classroom employees just to put in place the failed progressive “ideas” that never work. There are plenty of ways for the locality to fund the positions if they are indeed crucial.

  2. hmmmmmm

    August 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Layin…..please enlighten us with the specific positions that you are referring to.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    August 21, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Well, most employee data is hard to get at. One resource is the Guilford County salaries the Rhino Times publishes annually. Many of the high priced curriculum planning positions, the multitude of assistant superintendents, diversity positions. Just look through the list next time it comes out and apply to your local district. Your results may vary depending on size, but a good start are the positions that make more than $100k, or a starting point of your choice. You would be surprised how many there are in each district that make big bucks but do not touch a classroom.

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