TAs on the chopping block

Now we learn that teaching assistants are threatened in the new budget, according to this morning’s High Point Enterprise. Things are also in limbo because the state’s budget, which is days away from final passage, also presents possible cuts in TA positions.

Seems like this is deja vu…aren’t our TAs always threatened every year when we have to go through this same exercise?

Our schools NEED these TAs, and as Board member Darlene Garrett said last night, we do not need to be cutting classroom positions:

Board member Darlene Garrett wants the school system to direct cuts in other areas, including posi­tions at the administrative and central office level. She said the reading teachers are needed. “We shouldn’t be looking at anything that directly affects the class­room,” Garrett said. “We shouldn’t be looking at (cutting) teachers.”

Good for you, Darlene, in continuing to have the strength and desire to stand up for our front-line, rank-and-file employees.

The article also says:

In the meantime, school officials are looking at dif­ferent scenarios they could use to allocate positions. Superintendent Terry Gri­er said during the meeting Tuesday that budget reduc­tions from the state and lo­cal level make it difficult to maintain positions that are necessary to the class­room. The board has not voted specifically where it will make cuts, but they are inevitable and will like­ly come in the form of staff vacancies that go unfilled.
School officials also are looking at forfeiting 20 new middle school reading teacher positions the su­perintendent included in the 2007-08 budget. Hiring staff have put the positions on hold until school repre­sentatives make a decision on where to make cuts.

Not good.

E.C. 🙂

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2 Responses

  1. Is it me, or wasn’t the focus social workers a couple of weeks ago? Does this mean they’re not a threat to be cut, or is Grier just tossing stuff out there?

  2. I think it will be interesting to see what officially happens in the fall. I get the feeling it’s all talk, but we’ll see what happens.

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