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As new school year begins, many teachers feel ‘shortchanged’ by legislature (audio)

Today’s the first day of classes for most schools on a traditional calendar year. And while teachers are excited to see their students again, the year starts with many funding challenges.

Mark Jewell, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators, notes that the state ranks 43rd in the nation in per-pupil expenditures and remains underfunded in textbooks and technology.

Jewell also notes that while some teachers received a pay raise in the most recent budget, healthcare costs are also going up under the state health plan, meaning educators will be bringing home less than they did a year ago.

Click below to hear Chris Fitzsimon’s full interview with Jewell as we discuss recent cuts to the Department of Public Instruction, vouchers and the looming class-size controversy:

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