Potential Budget Cuts Could Cost Teaching Jobs

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is laying out specifics of what potential budget cuts would mean for counties across the state.

"At a time when everyone seems to believe that education and learning are keys to survival in the global economy, we cannot turn back the clock," said State Superintendent June Atkinson in a press release. "We have already reduced non-essential costs. Additional cuts will hit the classroom and hurt teachers and students."

North Carolina ranks 42nd in the nation for the amount of money spent per student, according to NCDPI.

If the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction must cut its budget by 10%, what they consider the worst case scenario, more than 5,300 teaching jobs statewide would be cut. There would be only teaching assistants in kindergarten classrooms. Currently, teaching assistants are available in kindergarten through third grade.

To see a list of how budget cuts would affect each county, click the link below.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2010 at 01:56 PM
    cut the assistant to the assistant positions instead of the teachers, the vice this and that, the assistant principal, the assistant superintentant, the assistant to the other assistant, and by the way they make more than 100k as opposed to about 45k for the teachers. Just do the simple math.
  • by Anonymous Location: Real World on Dec 10, 2010 at 05:09 AM
    To anyone complaining about teachers and what they do: Please stop by your local elementary, middle or high school and spend a day with a GOOD teacher, not the ones that just squeak by or don't do their jobs properly (just like in any corporate job, there are those teachers). Get to school at 7:00...handle 90 students (30 at a time for one block) who each have different learning styles and needs that we are supposed to meet individually...plan lessons...deal with discipline because parents don't...stay til 5:00...go home and work on grading papers and finding new teaching strategies...etc. etc. The list could go on and on. Until you have spent time in a GOOD classroom, you have no idea what goes on, and therefore, you cannot and should not comment on that which you do not understand. We are currently ranked 17th in the world in education. That is pathetic for our country. Education is not a priority. To anyone who thinks education majors are "washouts," go get a Ph.D. in education.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Dec 4, 2010 at 04:06 PM
    "Anonymous" of Dec 3 2010 at 11:57PM, perhaps it is way past your bedtime or you may just have no common sense, but I pointed out that "furthermore" is one word. Maybe you never had one of the good teachers, just the crying, greedy type who spend more time worrying about getting fat government checks rather than trying to help Anonymous posters comprehend what they read before opening their sewers. Do your homework for the school funding before opening the hole as well. The state of NC funds 70% of the cost of education in the state. Out of the thousands of dollars spent per pupil in NC, one county barely spends $100 and NO county finances more than about 35% and that is the richest counties. Then there are all those hard earned by the taxpayers federal dollars that are tossed your way as well. As I said before, if not for state funding, there would be NO EDUCATION in most of eastern NC, a notorius cesspool of lazyness and poverty.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 at 08:57 PM
    @Neo in reality, let me give a reality check: I don't know where you got your $10 degree online, but furthermore is one word. Also education has alwas been a expenditure of local governments. The state and federal governments subsidizes education or property taxes would through the roof and the quality of education would be worse.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 at 08:03 PM
    According to CBS money watch It looks like the main job that requires a four year degree that pays lower than teachers is being a social worker. I'm betting that NEO does not have alot of experience with social work. Wouldn't it be great if the people shouting at the games were the kid's parents. Have you ever thought that the teacher's were just trying to support the students.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 at 07:55 PM
    I wonder what he does for a living? I wonder what kind of degree he has, and from where?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 at 05:46 PM
    I actually find NEO intelligent. I bet he is very good looking, six feet and gorgeous.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 at 05:41 PM
    I agree with Professor the majority of schools in the United States care more about sports than education. When you go to a football games the main people you see yelling and shouting is teachers. When Williamston High School went to the State in 2008 reporters from the Enterprise in Williamston took pictures and I saw 2 of my son's teacher acting a fool. Sorry but we know where the priorities are. And not to mention athletes, teacher's students, cheerleaders, and student who parent are friends with teachers are the ones who are treated differently. And eventhough I dislike the way NEO comes off on this blog primarily because he has nothing better to do he is right about this.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 06:47 PM
    There is an anatomy professor at ECU that uses true false questions on his tests. I would be willing to bet that very few of his students find it easy.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 04:19 PM
    If you noticed by errors thank a teacher other than your mom!

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