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: