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trackingCuts-web-600The final budget numbers for Gaston County Schools are in – and 31 teacher assistants have lost their jobs.

School officials were able to save 19 other jobs that were on the chopping block – those TAs were moved into other teacher assistant jobs thanks to federal money earmarked for disadvantaged schools.

There is a possibility that seven of the 31 teacher assistant positions will be rehired at the start of the school year, but that remains unclear.

Gaston County joins a growing list of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts as the 2013-14 school year approaches. Read More

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trackingCuts-web-600Franklin County Schools Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, Doug Moore, told NC Policy Watch that 2013 is not the first year they’ve had to cut teacher assistant positions.

“Really this has been going on for the past five years or so,” said Moore. “Over that time we’ve had to cut around 23 teacher assistant positions through attrition.”

Moore said that Franklin County will also have to make cuts to instructional supplies –again, a trend over the past five years or so—and other areas, but they are still working through identifying where they’ll have to make the cuts.

Franklin County joins a growing list of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts as the 2013-14 school year approaches. Read More

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trackingCuts-web-600Lenoir’s The News-Topic reports that Caldwell County Schools will lose 75 positions this fall.

Forty-three teachers, 30 teacher assistants, and two instructional support positions will be cut thanks to the 2013-15 state budget.

Caldwell County superintendent Steve Stone said there will be no layoffs. The district will instead freeze hiring and leave positions vacant as staff members resign or retire. In the interim, the board will dip into its fund balance to pay those teachers, teacher assistants and instructional support staffers.

Other cuts also will impact schools this year. Class sizes will increase from one to three students per class. Funding for textbooks was cut by 77 percent, a $634,000 reduction. Funding for instructional supplies – which covers basic supplies such as paper and pencils – was cut by 51 percent, a reduction of $374,000.

Caldwell County joins a growing list of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts as the 2013-14 school year approaches. Read More

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trackingCuts-web-600The Hickory Daily Record reports that Iredell-Statesville Schools laid off 40 teacher assistants and eliminated 14 teacher positions through attrition back in June.

But the final budget numbers have required even further cuts – ISS will have to lose an additional 32 teachers and 20 teacher assistants.

That totals 46 teachers and 60 teacher assistants lost.

“There are people right now that think they have jobs that will not have jobs,” Dr. Alvera Lesane, associate superintendent for human resources for I-SS, told the Hickory Daily Record a mere 17 days before the start of school.

Iredell-Statesville joins a growing list of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts as the 2013-14 school year approaches. Read More

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photoDozens of teachers and public education supporters donned red garb and gathered on the lawn of the State Capitol this morning to set the record straight about cuts to public education in North Carolina.

Bob Etheridge, former Congressman and former State Superintendent for Public Instruction, hosted the press conference, which was organized by Public Schools First NC, the North Carolina Association of Educators and Progress NC.

Etheridge countered GOP lawmakers’ assertions made during the past few weeks that public education received more funding than ever before and that the education budget requires no cuts to the classroom.

“That’s a cut!” shouted supporters in response to Etheridge’s list of items students and teachers will have to do without beginning this fall, including the significant loss of teacher assistant positions, no raises for teachers and cuts to instructional supplies. Read More