Raleigh, N.C. — 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.