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.