Education Cuts from Raleigh Force Pitt County To Slash 25 TA Positions
Due to decreased funding from the state, Pitt County was required to cut 25 teacher assistant positions. The Board of Education voted to lay off 11 teacher assistants and will absorb the rest of the cut by not filling spots left vacant at the end of the last school year. Until politicians in Raleigh pass a budget that protects TAs, look for more pink slips soon.
From The Daily Reflector:
The Pitt County Board of Education voted Monday night to cut 11 teacher assistants due to decreased funding from the state and the loss of public dollars to a charter school opening later this month.
The names of the teacher assistants and schools affected were discussed in closed session and not released to the public. The district needed to cut 25 teacher assistant positions. The remaining 14 positions were absorbed by attrition, meaning positions left vacant at the end of last school year will not be filled.
With less than three weeks until school starts, the N.C. General Assembly has not yet released a final budget. A stop-gap budget was passed on July 1 to keep the state running. The reduction in funding for teacher assistants in that budget resulted in the loss of 15 positions in Pitt County.