Three weeks in to the new fiscal year and House and Senate leaders appear to be no closer to announcing a final budget compromise.
NCAE Vice President Mark Jewell says the lack of a deal and the quickly approaching new school year has educators feeling especially nervous.
“It’s a lot of pressure, in fact I’ve talked to superintendents across the state over the last couple weeks and they are very concerned,” explained Jewell.
Of particular concern is the teaching assistants, who are helping get classrooms ready for the returning students this summer, but may find themselves out of a job in a few short weeks.
Burke County Public Schools recently announced 24 teacher assistants could expect pink slips if state funding is reduced in the new budget.
Jewell talked about the problems of budget procrastination over the weekend on NC Policy Watch’s News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon. Click below for an excerpt from that interview, or here for the full podcast.