Proposed State Budget Could Cut Numerous Teacher Assistants

Teacher assistant jobs are squarely on the chopping block in state budget proposals.

School officials say cutting those positions can be devastating because teacher assistants now have a vital role in the classroom--instructing students and giving them the extra attention they need.

Tina Letchworth, Principal at Northwest Elementary School in Kinston, says "Teacher assistants in schools no longer just run copies and just sit and grade papers, they are instructional assistants that actually work with students in small group settings, assessing them, working side by side with the teacher."

In Lenoir County 32 teacher assistant jobs could possibly be cut next year leaving some teachers without the extra hands they say they desperately need. Pitt county could lose 119 teacher assistants. In Edgecombe County it could be up to 60. In Craven County up to 82.

The final decision has not yet been made on just how much schools are going to have to cut for next year, but school officials in Lenoir County are asking for legislators to hear their pleas not to cut the jobs.


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  • by christine Location: Pitt on Jan 22, 2012 at 11:41 PM
    why haven we got and raise we are living below the proverty line atleast we could get acost of living raise if nothing else I have being work here for at least 6 years and have not seen a raise in 4 years Why ?
  • by BIG M Location: CUMBERLAND CO. on Jun 10, 2011 at 08:50 AM
    WE, THE OLDER PEOPLE ON THE SUBJECT OF CUTTING POSITIONS IN THE SCHOOLS, MUST UNDERSTAND THAT ALL THE MONIES THAT THE STATE COLLECTS, CAN ONLY GO SO FAR. SO QUIT CRYING AND HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEM THE STATE HAS.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 2, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    I would like someone to explain why Catholic schools do so much better than public schools and for less money?....
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on May 30, 2011 at 07:34 PM
    I have been to a lot of schools, but never have I been to one where I have to listen to an assistant talk to me using my left ear and a teacher talking to me into my right ear. What am I missing?
  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    Some of you on here taking up for the teachers really need to learn how to spell. I have seen too many misspelled words and some of you talk about our children. Second, the people that comment on this site argue like cats and dogs, yet you talk about our children at school. I would hate to see any of you at school. Seems like to me you people need discipline. Third, all kids need to be home school or taking their classes online virtually. This will solve alot of the problems. Meaning fire all the school staff. They are not helping. It does not help to suspend kids everyday. It is just dumb.
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      by christine on Jan 22, 2012 at 11:53 PM in reply to
      why can't we all get alone for the sake of our children they need us most. Governors and Legislative, parents teachers,TAs, lets all stand tall for our children because if we can not come to agreement on whos get what they will fail, and sorry to say but it will be our fault (For our children)
  • by Confused on May 30, 2011 at 11:21 AM
    Recently I saw a sign in front of a public school that stated, "Good lock with EOG retesting". What is with retesting? I thought a test was a test --- pass it or fail it.
  • by anonymous on May 30, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    I say continue to make cuts in the educational budget until we see a decline in student results. Then add the appropriate resources to deal with specific problems on a school by school basis.
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on May 27, 2011 at 09:05 PM
    Self motivation is one of the keys to a successful life style. Self estem is always important along with acceptable behavior. These, along with study will give a student a successful life style.
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      by Ratman on May 29, 2011 at 08:18 AM in reply to Tyee
      Is it the use of 'are' instead of singular 'is' ?
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        by Tyee on May 30, 2011 at 10:06 PM in reply to Ratman
        YES sir
  • by Greg Location: Ayden on May 27, 2011 at 02:39 AM
    If the state legislature is planning to cut 13,000 TA's as is being reported, parents of school aged children could demand quality over quantity in their childrens' classroom by demanding that all remaining teacher assistants be college graduates.
  • by Henry Location: Greenville on May 26, 2011 at 08:10 PM
    There isn't a teacher in America that is worth more than ten bucks per hour. As a wise Republican, I suggest firing the teachers, and their assistants. Education is a racket.
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      by really Henry on Jul 10, 2011 at 07:54 AM in reply to Henry
      Why don't you teach for ten bucks an hour? How did you get to be a self-proclaimed "wise republican?" Are you self-taught. At ten bucks an hour teachers would be paid at a rate below the poverty level as they are ten month employees. They could get a full-time job at McDonalds or as a Wal-Mart greeter for a larger yearly salary and with better benefits if we use your pay scale. Your post makes you appear to be an idiot.
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      by An Educator on Dec 31, 2011 at 03:58 PM in reply to Henry
      Although our educational system has flaws, there are still some very hardworking educators who do much more than what they are asked to perform and more than what they are compensated. Please do not put all educators under the same negative umbrella. To suggest that teachers and teacher assistants be fired is pure nonsense.
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