Budget Cuts For Teacher Assistants
North Carolina teacher assistants face the budget ax as lawmakers propose to cut their ranks by one-fifth.
At Bruce Drysdale Elementary in Hendersonville, assistants say they were warned about the proposed cuts in April. Teachers say their assistants help students overcome learning difficulties with one-on-one instruction. Assistants say the proposed cuts would reduce what kids can master in the classroom.
Some people support cutting assistants because generations of Americans graduated from public schools without them.
The proposed cuts would eliminate 21% of the state’s teacher assistants, but would save taxpayers $120 million. Lawmakers are expected to approve a budget later this week.