N.C. Public Schools Cut More Than 8% Of Staff Since 2009

By: Brittany Creamer
By: Brittany Creamer

The state education department says North Carolina public schools have laid off hundreds of teachers and other workers again this year in a pattern repeated for the past several recession-wracked years.

The state Department of Public Instruction said Wednesday that school districts laid off more than 530 teachers jobs statewide ahead of the school year that started last week. They were among 2,400 education workers axed.

The agency says its survey of all but two of the state's 115 school districts found that over the past four years they laid off nearly 6,100 people and eliminated 16,678 positions, many of which were vacant.

The education agency was forced to retract its earlier count of how many lost their jobs were lost due to faulty math.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    bev "the Joker" solution to budget problems, hack education and teachers, then fuss at them for not providing proper education to childern and failing the EOG exams. Do more with less she says, but not following her own advice. guess botox is more expensive then she thought.
  • by Beachbum3 on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    sick of it : if the governor of this state would act responsibly an put an end to the waste fraud an corruption within the ncdot an it's contractors an contracting enitys acorss this state. an strat not allowing for there to be unjustifiable payments being handed out to these contracting enitys for their performance of bad non-specefication work that is an has been being done across this state that would surely go a long ways in adding to an helping to make up the supposely shortfall differences in the state budgetary issues. why has there not being any form of reduction in forces amonge the exective an upper mangament of the ncdot . an as always the cuts an down sizing has been allowed to take place within the lower paid ranks of the ncdot an amonge other state agency state state wide while not making in reductions in forces of the upper mangament& exective ranks of any agencys. it appears that the teachers an other folks that are considered to be the peions by state government has been forced to take the brunt of the reductions an the lost of benefits an lost of pay while allowed upper & exective mangament to remanid fat an happy at other agencys an other state employees expense.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    A 25 percent cut is more appropriate, but from the superintentent level up, not down. so much waste and overlap at the upper levels it is sickening. There is plenty of money, mis spent and mis used.
  • by Professor Location: Eastern NC on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:18 AM
    Glad we have the education lottery to pay teaching salaries,,,NOT..Vote bev out, stop all the BS thats coming from up there, stand up..
  • by sick of it on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    we need to cut all the give aways to the leaches before we start cutting education funds.our state can pay for housing transportation medical dental food and all the babys these leaches want to have, but the powers that be cut funding to education,wise up people
  • by I Fought the Law on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:38 AM
    Why don't we cut about half of the useless jobs form many of the useless state agencies instead of targeting our education system. Oh I forgot, we have brainless botox bev making the decisions.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 03:31 AM
    "The education agency was forced to retract its earlier count of how many lost their jobs were lost due to faulty math." And this is suppose to be our education agency.....fine example for our kids.
  • by popeye Location: observation deck on Aug 31, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    It is a bad economy everywhere all should be thankful to have a job. Teachers rely on the private sector employees, sales tax, and property owners etc; to create tax revenues for their salaries. I know they haven't had a cost of living raise in four years and that TA's are the working poor, I can understand their frustration. We need to get the economy strong enough to support our teachers better so teachers can provide the workforce with educated and trained employees.

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