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trackingCuts-web-600Gaston County Schools, located just west of Charlotte, will cut 50 teacher assistant positions.

The Gaston Gazette reports that last year, the school system also cut 50 teacher assistant positions.

School officials are still trying to sort out how many of those 50 positions will be eliminated by way of attrition, and how many current TAs will receive pink slips.

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

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trackingCuts-web-600The Alamance-Burlington school system announced last night that a $4.9 million budget reduction leaves school officials with the task of cutting more than 60 jobs and increasing class sizes by one student.

17 teaching positions, 35 teacher assistants, two assistant principals, three directors and four student-support psychologists will be eliminated. No layoffs will be required; all of those who were in these positions will have retired.

There will also be more than $1.6 million in cuts for class room supplies, technology and staff and teacher training.

Alamance-Burlington joins a growing list of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts as the 2013-14 school year approaches.

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The North Carolina General Assembly just passed a budget bill that axed supplemental pay for teachers who obtain master’s degrees, beginning with the 2014-15 school year. Teachers who currently hold master’s degrees will be grandfathered in.

Some lawmakers were led to believe, however, that if a teacher completed their master’s degree next spring, they would be covered under the old law and receive the pay bump that is currently awarded to master’s degree holders, which for many equates to a 10-15% pay increase.

As it turns out, most teachers who graduate next spring will not receive the pay increase.

According to the Fiscal Research Division of the state legislature, members of the State Board of Education decided that the cut off for who will receive a master’s degree pay supplement will be April 1, 2014. Read More

Frankie Santoro and his friend, Sara Thompson, are both public school teachers in Forsyth County.

Forsyth Co. teachers Frankie Santoro and Sara Thompson

Forsyth Co. teachers Frankie Santoro and Sara Thompson

“Without a doubt, we are both thinking of leaving the state. And we believe there will be a mass exodus of teachers from North Carolina,” said Santoro.

That forecast was easily the most popular sentiment I heard as I walked the crowds last night at the 13th Moral Monday, where an estimated 10,000 people converged on Raleigh to raise their voices in protest against the cuts lawmakers have made against public education.

No raises for abysmally paid teachers, the loss of tenure, a dearth of instructional supplies, and the introduction of school vouchers, along with many other cuts all have educators feeling that their profession is under attack. Read More