Tata: House budget could affect 1,000 Wake school employees

Posted May 6, 2011

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— If the House of Representatives' version of the state budget is approved, Wake County schools Superintendent Tony Tata said Friday that the educational cuts could impact about 1,000 school employees.

The impact would be through job cuts, mostly affecting teachers' assistants, or reduction in contract length, meaning pay cuts, particularly for assistant principals, according to Tata.

That all hinges on what happens with the final state budget. Wake schools planned on a 5 percent cut, but the House's budget puts it closer to 9 percent.

"If we go to 8.8 percent, you are talking about 1,000 people that this will impact, so it's pretty significant," Tata said. "The greater the cuts, the greater the impact on our classrooms."

The superintendent said he plans to meet with lawmakers next week to urge them not to approve such sharp cuts.

Wake Superintendent Tony Tata Tata: House budget could impact thousands

State Superintendent June Atkinson shared similar concerns.

“I recognize how difficult it is for our General Assembly during these economic times, but it really is important that we invest in our students,” she said.

The state Department of Public Instruction estimates more than 18,000 education positions could be lost statewide under the proposed budget cuts.


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  • Narn May 9, 2011

    Where do teachers only work 8 months? Let's see, teachers started "paid" work on August 17th, 2010 and their last day of "paid" work is June 13th, 2011. There's 10 months. Oh, then there's the retreat days during summer where each school brainstorms on issues and then put an action plan in place to improve their school. No one is paid for those days, nor reimbursed for gas. How about the many evenings they spend at school for special events like open house, parent/teacher conferences, curriculum fair night, not to mention high schools require all faculty to attend graduation downtown Raleigh, outside of the normal school hours like 8 pm - they do not get reimbursed for gas nor the $7 parking. Teachers also have to keep their certification current which requires college credits which means they are continuing their education on their own time and dime! So while you think teachers are sipping their cocktails on a lounge chair at the pool all summer, THINK AGAIN! Most teachers work a

  • superman May 9, 2011

    He didnt seem to mind laying off people and in the same breath, the same sentence, the same pararaph and the same page -- he found money to give the teachers a bonus. Get rid of the deduction on the state income tax for children--instead have parents pay an additional $$750.00 for each child. If parents really honestly and truly want education-- they should be willing to pay for it. We dont have children and we pay more income taxes to support education than the parents. 80% of our property taxes go to support education and we dont have children. I am sure you folks with a house full of children dont even realize we are paying for your childs education. Eighteen years of it.

  • citizensoldier16 May 6, 2011

    Throwing money at our broken education system hasn't done a thing to improve the quality. We could put 10 teaching assistants in each class and I'd be willing to bet test scores wouldn't budge.

  • wayneboyd May 6, 2011

    VAW1231, come now if the job is all that bad why not leave it? There's other ways to earn a living besides teaching.
    We always had a saying in the costruction trade, nothing cures a galded you know what like road dust. Go into something else.

  • Not_So_Dumb May 6, 2011

    This is typical. Take a service that the private sector doesn't want, make government do it, then listen to people complain about how it costs too much. Everyone who says that there should be more competition, go right ahead and open a school. You are free to do so. Wonder why so few do it even when they can cherry pick the best parts of the market? Think about.

  • vaw1231 May 6, 2011

    For 8 months work? Not too bad.
    Obviously RKBA has never met a teacher. It may say I work 10 months, get summers out, breaks at christmas and in the spring, but I work 60hrs a week as a teacher. But I am not just a teacher, I have to be a parent becasue so many are not anymore, I am a social worker, nurse, psychologist, and a bookeeper. I'm sorry if I chose a path that allows for these breaks, but it is deserved. Let's see you work that much and do what I do, and make what I make and see how long you last.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 6, 2011

    "You have not figured out yet that Master degrees are a dime a dozen."

    Another thing, have you noticed how many jobs are requiring 4-year degrees nowadays, even to work in mailrooms, etc.

    Like a degree is worth more than experience or equals common sense, which it does not.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 6, 2011

    "You have not figured out yet that Master degrees are a dime a dozen."

    (Silliest thing I've heard in a very long time.)

    Then why are colleges and universities charging tens of thousands of dollars for them.

  • Plenty Coups May 6, 2011

    "You have not figured out yet that Master degrees are a dime a dozen."

    Wish the universities that charge so much and the occupations that want them would agree w/ your odd statement.

  • rmonroe May 6, 2011

    It's not just 1,000 jobs. It's 18,000 jobs across the state plus pay cuts to assistant principals and teachers. I was in education for 40 years. Every time the state government gets in trouble, they begin by cutting education. It's no wonder that our country lags behind in math, science, etc. Parents want their children well educated, but they don't understand that it comes with a price tag.