After NC Classroom Layoff Angst, Schools Making Do

A year after widespread worries that thousands of teachers would face layoffs from state budget cuts, North Carolina schools are holding stable before the new academic year.

School administrators report that they're holding the line against job losses after the past four recession-scarred years that saw nearly 6,200 public school employees lose their jobs, including almost 2,200 teachers.

Some are expanding teacher hiring as growing student enrollments force the opening of new schools. Others have cut teacher pay. Some have replaced state and federal funds with more local tax money.

All that is a difference from last summer, when officials cut spending from the state budget that provides some school districts with 80 percent of their funding.

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