Budget cuts could lead to biggest layoff in state history
The North Carolina Senate approved it's proposed budget last Thursday, and if left unchanged, it would lead to the worst layoff in state history. The budget contains proposed cuts to teacher assistant funding that would eliminate over 8,500 positions over the next two years. Teacher assistants play vital roles in the classroom, and their absence would be felt, in addition to the thousands of educators left looking for work.
The loss of teacher assistants would continue a trend seen by many school districts in the East. In Pitt County, the proposed budget would reduce the number of TA’s from 190 to 140.
“They’re not just making copies and putting up bulletin boards,” said Emily Klinedinst, a teacher of 16 years. “They are running reading groups, they are teaching lessons, they are working with groups of children.”