Tata reworks budget, vows to protect teachers
Under a proposed state budget by the House released this week, schools could see a 9 percent cut. With tough decisions ahead, Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata said he will do all he can to protect teachers and classrooms.Posted — Updated
Under a state budget proposed by the House this week, schools could see a 9 percent cut.
“I think that the legislature needs to take a hard look at what we are doing and why we're doing it,” Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata said Friday.
Under that budget, the school district would cut 46 central services clerical positions, reduce contract months for assistant principals and reduce per-student spending by $52 next year, Tata said, while funneling additional resources toward teacher retention in under-enrolled schools and creating new technology and international studies programs in 10 schools.
"We would have to make some serious cuts to get to 9 or 10 percent," Tata said.
Tata said he and his staff are looking for ways to rework their budget to soften the blow, but he admits deeper cuts would likely mean more school employees will be out of work.
"It's hard to imagine how we would not affect more jobs," Tata said.
North Carolina Association of Educators lobbyist Brian Lewis estimates 7,000 teachers could lose their jobs statewide if education cuts reach 9 percent.
"This is a blueprint for how you are going to do irreparable damage to the public school system in North Carolina," Lewis said.
With tough decisions ahead, Tata vows he'll do all he can to protect teachers and classrooms.
“If we are getting into cutting teachers, you can rest assured that we have found no other thing to cut,” Tata said.
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