Concerned Educators Meet With Senator About Proposed Budget

Local teacher assistants with their jobs on the line met with a senator Monday to try and stop some severe education budget cuts.

Republican State Senator Norman Sanderson met with 20 Craven County teachers, teacher assistants and parents. He says the legislature plans on passing the state's budget some time next week.

Public school educators wanted to get their voices heard about what big cuts would mean to their students before legislators voted on the budget.

"It looked like there were going to be a lot of teacher assistants statewide, over 7,000, possibly eliminated depending on what budget was accepted," says Robin Runne, a teacher assistant and bus driver. "That was unacceptable to us in education. We could not do what we do for our students without those teacher assistants."

If the proposed budget passes, Craven County schools say it would lose about 90 teacher assistants, 8 teaching positions and more than $200,000 for transportation services.

Senator Sanderson say he doesn't believe that will be the budget's outcome.

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