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Hiring freeze on teachers in place for Wake schools

Posted June 30, 2009

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— Wake County schools' superintendent has imposed a hiring freeze on teachers in grades 6 through 12.

In a blog posted on the school system's Web site, Del Burns cites state budget cuts and the continuing resolution approved to keep the government running without a budget in place. The fiscal year ends Tuesday.

"We cannot spend funds now, that we would have to cut later, thus making a bad situation worse," he wrote. "To that end, we are continuing to be as proactive as possible."

In addition, all vacant teaching assistant positions are also frozen, and a ban on out-of-state travel is also in place.

Public education is taking a hit from because of lower-than-projected state revenue, and Gov. Bev Perdue, in recent weeks has called on lawmakers to generate $1 billion in revenue next fiscal year to help preserve education.

Still, the cuts will likely mean larger class sizes and educators' jobs lost. The school system has said many of the teachers whose contracts expire at the end of the year will not return.

The school board also recently approved a plan to phase out more than three dozen jobs tied to construction projects.


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  • Jack Flash Jul 2, 2009

    "Exactly, I see the lottery as a 'stupid tax' as well."

    At worst, that's true, but even then, I don't really mind. The "stupid" are the people whose kids come to school the least prepared and whose kids have the least respect for school modeled for them at home. If even 1 cent from the price of a lottery ticket eventually works its way into the right place in the schools, the stupid person who bought it has just contributed positively to the schools for the first time ever.

  • Jack Flash Jul 2, 2009

    "I am tired of the school system taking more money every year and saying they can't do this or that with out more."

    Part of the problem is that there are too many strings attached to that money. People want improved education, but as long as they're also using the schools as substitutes for daycare, jail, and social experiments, the purported goal of improving education will continue to fall short.
    You can't have it both ways: you can't say schools need to improve, but sneak in all these other things detrimental to education into the package and expect the first goal to be accomplished.
    Worse, the kids get this. They can read between the lines. Regardless of what their parents tell them, they see how society undermines their education, and that just causes them to disengage and resist further.

  • rushbot Jul 1, 2009

    The lottery funds do indeed go to education. That allows the weasels in the legislature to spend that same amount on other items. I believe Georgia is the only state that truly spends the money on education. They pay for the college education of Georgia High School graduates.

  • didisaythat Jul 1, 2009

    Does anyone look at their taxes and how much goes to the school system...or the money from the courts that go to schools or the lottery? How about federal money? I am tired of the school system taking more money every year and saying they can't do this or that with out more. They need more accountants to figure out how to make it work with the money they are given.

  • Jack Flash Jul 1, 2009

    Why don't we stop forcing every single kid read "Hamlet"? Some of our students just want to read and write well enough to fill out a job application for a minimum wage job. I say we start letting them aim for the tops of the grass again if we can't sell them on aiming for the stars. We spend an awful lot of money trying to make everyone a college student and in the process, those who really aren't are sabotaging even that.

    I'm 100% in favor of integrated, diverse schools, and I think that's really valuable for my children, but if we have to bus kids all over creation to accomplish it, like teaching everyone Shakespeare, we're fighting a losing battle because we're fighting it in the wrong place. If we live in segregated neighborhoods, busing our kids to force integration is going to backfire.

    Why does that have to be the schools' responsibility? It's just like connecting driver's licenses to staying in school. It's a bribe to keep them off the streets. That's not how to help schools.

  • Even Jul 1, 2009

    I hate to see a hiring freeze for teachers but I had a job cut. Government should not be exempt from the same problems that face the rest of us taxpayers. I am sure that there are some non-essential classes that could be cut or maybe we should just build another pier. Yes, maybe that new pier money could better help education.

  • superman Jul 1, 2009

    The lottery only returns about 30% of their ticket money. Most of it goes to pay for the winnings and running the lottery. Then the 30% is divided between all the school systems in the state. There are over 100 school systems and each one gets their share. That doesnt leave much for any one school system. By the way-- just for info-- Wake County Schools spend about 3 (three) million dollars a day to operate. Special Ed is probably federally funded. Check where the money is coming from before you speak out! Probably fed but then special ed is a mandated program-- cant cancel mandated federal programs.

  • ambidextrous cat Jul 1, 2009

    Exactly, I see the lottery as a 'stupid tax' as well.

  • NeverSurrender Jul 1, 2009

    "Point made, the lottery has not done anything it was touted to do... if the NC Education lottery was doing it's job our educators would not be in such a predicament!"


    Who really is surprised by that?

    It was pointed out before the NC lottery was enacted that big payouts and high administrative costs would ensure it won't do much for education and that the politicians would divert funds from it as soon as they felt safe to do so.

    That being said, it's better to capture the revenues from the mathematically ignorant in NC rather than let that revenue go to our escape neighbours. That money is going to be spent on lottery tickets anyway...may as well do some good here, eh?

    In Florida, the most the lottery paid for education (it's primary purpose according to advertising) was *SEVEN* days.

    A whopping week!

    It took less than five years for Tallahassee to divert the proceeds into the general coffers for pet projects. I'm surprised it took ours more than a year... :(

  • Not_So_Dumb Jul 1, 2009

    jbull - "Isn't it nice to know that government has created yet another way [the lottery] to rob people of their money."

    Really? You mean to say that a state trooper or other government official forced you to buy a lottery ticket? That should be headline news!

    The lottery is voluntary. The state isn't robbing anyone. I call the lottery "the stupid tax." By playing the lottery, you are giving money to the government. That is a tax. What kind of people volunteer to pay more taxes? Hence the name.

    School funding is a disaster. It is a confusing mess of federal, state and local. Each is subject to different factors and conditions, making it very hard for proper planning and budgeting to be done. This isn't to say that the districts are doing as well as they can. Certainly not, but at the same time, the funding system causes a lot of problems.

    With all the programs and qualifiers, it is like we run our school systems on tips, not wages. Doesn't education deserve a salary?