State Budget Delays Causing Chaos for Local School Districts

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We're less than a month away from the start of the traditional school calendar and still there is no state budget. That means school districts don't know whether they will be laying off thousands of TAs, hiring hundreds of teachers or even how much money they have to purchase textbooks and classroom supplies. 

From the Charlotte Observer article,

Less than a month before public schools open across North Carolina, state lawmakers haven’t decided on a budget. And that means school officials don’t know whether they’ll have money to hire additional teachers, be forced to lay off assistants or make other crucial decisions that hinge on state spending.

House and Senate budgets, which aren’t likely to be reconciled until after school starts Aug. 24, have crucial differences. Frustration was evident as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board got an update Tuesday.

What’s at stake?

▪ The Senate budget would allow CMS to hire 138 K-3 teachers; while the House plan adds none. Most teachers have already signed contracts for the year.

▪ The Senate budget would require CMS to cut more than 500 teacher assistant jobs; the House version would add 90.

▪ Pay for teachers and other staff is unsettled.

▪ Spending for textbooks, school wifi, busing and driver’s education is unresolved.

What they’re saying

Superintendent Ann Clark: If schools open without a state budget, “we reach a crisis point very quickly.”

Board member Tim Morgan: “We’re getting ready to open our doors ... and we don’t have a clue yet if we’re going to have to (lay off) 500 teacher assistants or hire more than 100 teachers.”

Board member Ericka Ellis-Stewart: “Let your elected officials know that we should not stand for this and it’s affecting our ability to educate children.” 

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  1. Cathy Williams's avatar
    Cathy Williams
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    This is idiotic at best. The people running our state has no idea what goes on in today's public schools and what staff is asked /expected to do and accomplish on a daily basis. There is no regard for the veteran teachers that have dedicated their lives to educating students, Actually all teachers have been put at almost poverty levels. Educated individuals that are being pushed below middle class America. More and more is piled on our educators, while, more and more is being taken away. Soon enough, there will be no need for a budget, because NC schools will be totally broken, along with the dedicated individuals that finally say, "Enough"!
  2. Jewell Sluder's avatar
    Jewell Sluder
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    This is SO unbelievable. How can anyone not understand that the children of today are tomorrow's adults. Playing politics with education is so incredibly stupid. Many wonderful teachers put their heart and soul into teaching, spending their own money, long hours working (of course, not paid for those long hours), etc. I know this because my husband is a retired teacher after teaching for 38 years! <br /> Get a life and understand what is at stake here!!!!!
  3. Jewell Sluder's avatar
    Jewell Sluder
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    This is SO unbelievable. How can anyone not understand that the children of today are tomorrow's adults. Playing politics with education is so incredibly stupid. Many wonderful teachers put their heart and soul into teaching, spending their own money, long hours working (of course, not paid for those long hours), etc. I know this because my husband is a retired teacher after teaching for 38 years! <br /> Get a life and understand what is at stake here!!!!!
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