School District Cuts 304 Teacher Jobs

One of North Carolina's largest school districts has told more than 300 of its teachers they will be out of a job next school year.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools sent letters Friday to 304 teachers telling them their contracts will not be renewed.

The school district said teachers were cut based on performance
measures, seniority and other factors. More cuts are expected next
week.

Officials said the cuts are part of an effort to curtail budget costs amid an economic downturn in the state.

The district plans to cut almost $52 million in its budget for the 2009-2010 school year.


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  • by Emily on May 26, 2009 at 07:50 PM
    Cutting teachers is the worst thing that Bev can do. As a teacher, having 20-25 students is already a HIGH number to juggle. Now they are wanting to increase the number of students per teacher?!?!?! AND on top of that, you want to shorten the school year?!?! You better re-look at the current curriculum that we are being held 100% responsible fot teaching to the students. We are already under so much pressure with No Child Left Behind and are ALWAYS up to our necks to make sure that these children succeed. You increase the numbers, you better expect to make modifications to the curriculum that can be adjusted for the new student/teacher ratio.
  • by Wilma Location: Charlet, NC on May 26, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    I went to school to be an elementary school teacher. Let me say that I will NEVER set foot in a public classroom. It's glorified babysitting, and the teachers' hands are tied. They get no support, they can't discipline, and they really don't get paid all too well either. Now, the state, in absolute genius form, says, lets start CUTTING teaching positions. Is a 27 or 28-1 student/teacher ratio not high enough?
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on May 24, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    Those on disability getting simulus checks don't bother me. It is the LONG dead people getting checks that worry me. Oh, and no fraud on behalf of the estates. Just the government being the government.
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    Cuttin' the fat, cuttin' the fat!!! In good times government gets fat in certain areas, education is one of them. Teachers are overpaid and underworked. We are in the midst of a much needed correction.
  • by theres your cutback! on May 24, 2009 at 10:45 AM
    hey anonymous youre right, disability payment doesnt pay that much, so a little extra never hurts...however there is no discernment as to whether these folks are TRULY capable of working anywhere or not, but theyre getting more free money regardless, more that could be used to save jobs, which is something folks should be concerned about, since having a job helps people be able to BUY things.
  • by Bill Location: Havelock on May 24, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    Thank God for the "Education Lottery"!Isn`t it ironic that school districts were tasked with RETURNING money to the state just a few short months ago?Way to go,Bev!
  • by me Location: here on May 24, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    What a great idea!! Let's give one person 35 kids and then tell them they will be held accountable if each child's academics don't improve. You can't have ANY breaks, and you only have 20 dollars a month to spend. WOW!!! Obama, Perdue, and the Democratic plan is working(sarcastically)--they are redistributing the wealth to themselves and other politicians who "promise" to agree with them.
  • by Tom Location: J-Ville NC on May 24, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    Sadly my daughter will also probably also be cut from another county next year, Teachers do not make that much money and their hands are tied on so many things. They have to put up with so much BS from students whose parents never taught them to respect others. And this is how they are treated by the state. If you have read any of the budget you can see that they have budgeted millions of dollars for all the administrations of the university staff as well as our upper state employees for travel for conferences and such things as that. With tosays technology they do not need to leave their offices, they can see and hear everything that gose on by way of their computers. Along with this I may as well through the Govenor, The annual covention they attend falls into this catagory. Waist of time and money. If they all wnat to go to that party it should come out of their pocket, not our budget. This money could be better spent. Save Jobs, Stay in your Offices.
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    The TRULY disabled deserved a stimulus check.
  • by brian Location: edenton on May 24, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    The problem with the nc lottery is that the Gov.Perdue is witholding distributions to the counties trying to use those funds to run the state on. I lived north of Charlotte b4 moving to the east and they do have some great schools. It just seems as though schools are getting budgets cut which I would think schools should be at or near top of list for funding or we are going to turn in a nation of uneducated.
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