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Craven County lawmakers Rep. Michale Speciale and Sen. Normal Sanderson held a session with more than 75 teachers at New Bern-Craven County Public Library on Monday night, according to the Sun Journal.

Teachers hurled questions at the lawmakers about their actions on teacher pay, vouchers, class size and many other issues that Sanderson and Speciale supported during the 2013 legislative session.

“My purpose for being here is to answer your questions,” said Speciale, but “I don’t want to get into a debate. This is about our trying to hold ourselves accountable.”

Speciale told teachers that the General Assembly did not cut education spending but that they actually spent $400,000 more when you “consider that previous allocations came with the expectation that 40 cents on the dollar be returned to the state.”

Also from the Sun Journal:

Asked about eliminating the $3,500 annual stipend for a teacher getting a master’s degree, Speciale said he had been shown studies that masters’ degrees and class size had little to do with teaching success.

That first got laughter, requests to see the studies, testimonials about how much both matter, and the comment from one teacher that she had spent her own time and $40,000 in tuition from her own money and will miss the cutoff for any payback by two weeks.

Speciale said he had been told that the average teacher makes $54,000, which also brought laughter and a comment from one teacher that she has been a teacher for 27 years and doesn’t make $54,000.

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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

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

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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