Superintendents Speak Out Against Budget Cuts

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Superintendent from across the state expressed their concern today about the proposed budgets. They encouraged the General Assembly to give teachers the raise they deserve, but not to cut vital classroom resources like teacher assistants in the process. WRAL has the story,

Leaders from four North Carolina school districts held a news conference Tuesday, thanking state lawmakers for their efforts to raise teacher pay but urging them to reconsider some of the paths to get there.

Speaking on behalf of a consortium of the state’s 10 largest school districts, superintendents from school systems in Cumberland, Johnston, New Hanover and Wake counties said they couldn’t stand to lose teaching assistants under a Senate plan which calls for roughly half of the positions in elementary schools be eliminated to offset the cost.

“Creating salary increases by slashing other areas (of education) is not a formula for academic success,” Tim Markley, superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, said

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