The Pitt County Association of Educators says it is concerned with some of the education changes in the state budget proposal that has already been given preliminary approval.
The budget offers no pay raises for state employees and teachers, eliminates teacher tenure and reduces the number of teacher assistants.
Emily Klinedinst is President of PCAE and one of many teachers in Pitt County fearing the worst. She says, "I was very outraged but also very hurt by this budget. This is not good for North Carolina. We had started to make our mark on the map of education not too long ago, and now we are going in the complete other direction."
Klinedinst is concerned about several education reforms in the state budget, most notably, no pay raises for teachers. She says, "We've been on a pay freeze for quite awhile. We did get a 1.2% increase last year, but that's disheartening for new teachers coming into the profession. It just doesn't look good."
Another reform is the elimination of teacher tenure in favor of performance based contracts.
The Americans for Prosperity North Carolina chapter fully supports it, saying, "Changes such as elimination of teacher tenure and an additional allocation of $10.2 million to fund annual pay raises for the *most effective* teachers show that North Carolina wants the best teachers in our public school system."
The North Carolina Association of Educators says if the budget is approved with these education reforms in it, they'll pursue legal action.
Right now, North Carolina ranks 42nd out of 50 states for the amount of money spent per student in public schools.