N.C. school districts encouraged but concerned about state budget

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Leaders from four North Carolina school districts held a news conference Tuesday, thanking state lawmakers for their efforts to raise teacher pay but urging them to reconsider some of the paths to get there.

Speaking on behalf of a consortium of the state’s 10 largest school districts, superintendents from school systems in Cumberland, Johnston, New Hanover and Wake counties said they couldn’t stand to lose teaching assistants under a Senate plan that calls for roughly half of the positions in elementary schools to be eliminated to offset the cost.

“Creating salary increases by slashing other areas (of education) is not a formula for academic success,” Tim Markley, superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, said.

Read more »