Layoffs at public schools have begun as local education officials wait for state lawmakers to return from vacation and come to a final agreement on the budget for the next two years.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports that more than 30 TAs have already been let go from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and more layoffs might be coming.
Crutchfield said the district first cut 55 of its 500 teacher assistant positions before either the House or Senate budget proposals were released. Crutchfield said school officials expected to lose $25 million in non-recurring funding from the previous budget. Another 55 positions were cut after the Senate budget was released. If the full cuts in the Senate proposal are adopted, the district would need to eliminate almost twice as many positions.
“We still have our fingers crossed that the compromise (budget) will not cut deeper than 110 positions,” Crutchfield said. Crutchfield said the district would have to lay people off after they were already planning to report to work in August.
Legislative leaders can spin all they want to, but they continue to make it harder for teachers and schools to educate their students.