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Teacher Assistant Positions for Schools on the Chopping Block after State Budget Cuts

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There will be fewer teacher assistants in some school districts throughout the Charlotte region because of state budget cuts. Some districts have used other funding mechanisms to offset the number of positions lost, while another district has had to dip into its savings to save teacher assistant jobs.

Stanly County Schools will have 13 teacher assistant vacancies they won’t be able to fill because of budget cuts. However, the district tells My Fox Carolinas no teacher assistants will lose their jobs. Superintendent Dr. Terry Griffin said, “The teacher assistants in the elementary grades specifically K-3 allow us to better differentiate instruction, to group the children according to individual learning needs, such that we can meet the individual needs of each child.”

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, no teacher assistants will lose their jobs, but they may not be able to fill some vacancies, and they could have as many as 100 fewer teacher assistants this coming school year.

A spokesperson for Cabarrus County Schools says they were able to save all their teacher assistant positions because they used their fund balance, which is a lot like a savings account, to offset the budget cuts.

Rowan County Schools says they are not yet in a position to release how the state budget will impact them. The staff is meeting to come up with options to present to the Board of Education at its meeting on Monday.

 

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