Senator: Layoffs In State Classrooms Will Decrease

A key Republican budget-writer is predicting the number of job losses in North Carolina public school classrooms actually will be much less than the 1,800 reported to state educators as school began in August.

Sen. Jerry Tillman of Randolph County made the comments Tuesday as an education oversight committee was about to meet. The panel wasn't planning on discussing the layoffs, which were part of nearly 6,400 eliminated positions reported by local school districts that had to find another $124 million in spending cuts this school year.

Tillman said the state budget had enough money so school districts could preserve teacher and teaching assistant positions.

A liberal-leaning watchdog group called Progress North Carolina said Republican leaders need to acknowledge their budget expectations didn't meet the reality in the classrooms.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    I will never vote for a Republican again. They will ruin Education. They don't care. They're all rich and send their children to private schools. These Republican's NC and National only care about the rich. Wake up people!!!!!!
  • by anonymous Location: Washington on Oct 5, 2011 at 08:50 AM
    BeachBum; Learn to spell then someone may listen.
  • by Kane on Oct 5, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    Can't go any lower if you are already in the basement.
  • by Beachbum3 on Oct 5, 2011 at 06:38 AM
    whule these republican are it the act of destroying the educatuion sysytem in both north carolina an the nation why dont they just go ahaed an privatize the whole eductional system as that they what they have wanted to do so for years. just so as to have another business enity from which they can draw campaign dollars from .these repbulcian could an do care less about the jobs an lifetime careers that they are destroying in the process thank you
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      by ? on Oct 5, 2011 at 08:26 AM in reply to Beachbum3
      Right, because Democrats are so much better right, were they not the ones who wanted Kindergarteners to be taught sex ed., I could have sworn the Democrats wanted to remove all forms of discipline from schools too, and didn’t they also want kids to be taught that North Korea, Iran, China, and so on are not bad forms of Government and should be considered equal to our own. Don’t forget that Bev is using that Education lottery for what ever she wants; barely 40% actually goes to education the rest goes to useless social programs that she says are “needed” (there’s a list of it online if you don’t believe me). The problem isn’t just the Government though, it’s also parent involvement which has been in steady decline since the 60s, seriously some parents, whether they want to hear it or not, use school as nothing more than a babysitting service. All parents whether they like it or not must involve themselves in their children’s lives, there are no justifications for you to not be in your child’s life. Also, considering that the majority of taxes do not go towards education (even though they should), I do believe that maybe we as parents need to spend a little more on the schooling part of growing up instead of the fashion and social part of it, personally, all schools should have uniforms that are cheap but durable that can be bought from the schools instead of out in town. It just makes things easier in the long run and teaches children to dress nicely instead of wearing their outfits like a “thug” or a “ho”.
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