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McCrory's budget: Teachers vs. teaching assistants

Posted March 20, 2013

— Among the items that Gov. Pat McCrory made sure to highlight in his proposed budget was the addition of teachers.

The Republican would hire 1,800 more full-time teachers over the next two years. 

However, there is a trade-off.

McCrory's budget cuts funding for teaching assistants in second and third grade, said Budget Director Art Pope. The budget would concentrate teaching assistants funded for kindergarten and first-grade classrooms, potentially increasing the number of assistants available in some schools. 

About 3,000 teaching assistants in statewide would lose their jobs under McCrory's budget, according to a budget staffer who spoke after a press briefing Wednesday morning.

"However, as the Gov. McCrory said, while that is the recommendation ... local (education agencies), superintendents will have flexibility," Pope said.

Schools would be able to decide to reallocate some of the money they receive from the state to hang on to second- and third-grade assistants, he said.

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  • tanyamjohnson12 Mar 20, 11:12 p.m.

    My children got more one on one attention when they had an assistant in their classroom. I can't understand why they think we don't need them.

  • jason19 Mar 20, 4:19 p.m.

    Unbelievable. I wish we were done with this craziness. Who would want to be a teacher assistant, anymore? You get junk pay, and you don't even get the satisfaction of relative job security since, no matter how great of a job that you do, your job hangs in the balance of politics. I swear, Republicans preach about doing one's job well, but then they take people's jobs away, whether they are doing a great job or not.

  • sidecutter Mar 20, 4:12 p.m.

    "for the people"- you don't say much but you said a lot!

  • Dukefan1 Mar 20, 4:04 p.m.

    Transparency?.....He only told us about the hiring of teachers...now I'm hearing about the firing of assistants! What a joke!

  • for the people Mar 20, 3:39 p.m.

    @Obviously McCrory has NEVER taught in a school classroom. It is imperative to have assistants through third grade!!! Who will assist the students who need extra help to keep up? Who will assist with the disciplinary students? It is impossible to do without these assistants. And here we go again -- MORE UNEMPLOYED!!!

    parents.

  • vjoyoungblood Mar 20, 3:07 p.m.

    Obviously McCrory has NEVER taught in a school classroom. It is imperative to have assistants through third grade!!! Who will assist the students who need extra help to keep up? Who will assist with the disciplinary students? It is impossible to do without these assistants. And here we go again -- MORE UNEMPLOYED!!!