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Rural counties to feel education cuts most

Posted June 27, 2011

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— The state's $19.7 billion budget is expected to mean cuts to thousands of education jobs, and the smaller rural counties are expected to feel the biggest impact.

The Nash-Rocky Mount school district is facing a $4.9 million discretionary cut. The school system also expects to have to lay off employees, including teachers and teacher's assistants. As of Monday, they did not have final numbers on how many layoffs would be needed. A spokeswoman for the district said leftover funding from the Education Jobs Fund (EduJobs) Program will help protect some jobs. 

A spokeswoman with Wilson County schools said the EduJobs program will help prevent the district from layoffs. At one time, the school board authorized cutting up to 118 jobs, if necessary. Some programs, including a dropout prevention program, will be cut to make up for the $3 million less the district will be receiving from the state next year. 

Between 15 and 20 jobs, including at least three high-level central office positions, have been cut in Edgecombe County schools. The district is still looking into where additional cuts will need to be made, saying no employee in the system is immune. 

School Funding (Generic) Rural counties gear up for education cuts

Wayne County Schools faces a $5.6 million discretionary cut next year. They are still looking to determine what if any cuts they'll have to make to absorb that.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. held a hearing last week to determine whether education cuts in the budget are unconstitutional. He has not yet issued a ruling. 

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  • SARCASTICLES Jun 28, 2011

    BREAKING NEWS: The democrats have finally been exposed in the most vile, sinister plot of controlling everything the republicans say and do in order to make them look bad. really. ;)

  • Jim Britt Jun 28, 2011

    ""In counties that have Democrat led school boards, they are laying off teachers and TA's to make the Republicans look bad in the court of public opinion"

    Of course you have proof of this?"

    LOL Who needs proof? Just saying it makes it so. Don't you watch FOX?

  • Plenty Coups Jun 28, 2011

    "In counties that have Democrat led school boards, they are laying off teachers and TA's to make the Republicans look bad in the court of public opinion"

    Of course you have proof of this?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 28, 2011

    In Wake County, the republican led school board laid off non-classroom employees and administrators.

    In counties that have Democrat led school boards, they are laying off teachers and TA's to make the Republicans look bad in the court of public opinion along with helping Perdue's chances of being re-elected.

  • chinacats Jun 28, 2011

    It's a shame that the poorest folks are the main group that elected this legislature and also the ones who will suffer the most from the cuts that they make. I for one am glad that I'm not trying to raise children in the eastern and westernmost portions of the state...

  • Perusing Online Thoughts Jun 28, 2011

    "How about we make up this cut by taxing the taxpayers who have children. " I agree wholeheartedly. And let's just tax the taxpayers who are crime victims to pay for police, fire victims to pay the fire department, etc, etc, etc. The quality of the education system impacts ALL in society.

    Oh, and based on the grammar and spelling of those who routinely post on this forum, I think some of you NEED to spend some time in school. Maybe you'll learn something.

  • clayt85 Jun 28, 2011

    You mean the GOP leadership was not telling the truth when they claimed gutting education programs actually protected jobs?

    I, for one, am shocked....

  • SARCASTICLES Jun 28, 2011

    "Cuts must be made, people will suffer. Welcome to reality." Yep, that was the GOP's plan back in 2000......fortunately for them, most of their supporters are stupid idjits, so they'll vote the republicans back into office...AGAIN,and continue to blame the democrats for THEIR mess. Tempus Fugit, suckers. ;)

  • superman Jun 28, 2011

    How about we make up this cut by taxing the taxpayers who have children. Eliminate the dependent income tax exemption. Why do the taxpayers have to help support the children and then pay for their education. It is about time that we elimate the education welfare system where the rich are still paying for the poor people who do nothing but multiply. Wake county failed to get a 30 million federal grant and then the board wasted another 3 million when they changed the location of a new high school. And then they found money to give teachers a 500 bonus and at the same time they were laying people off. Then they found about 250K to hire two new asst. supts. There appears to be no shortage of funding for Wake County. How about some of the parents who are unemployed volunteer in the schools. Support your own children parents.

  • BIlzac Jun 28, 2011

    Lol....sheeple...

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