Erin Zureick

Education, politics and observations from Sanford

Clarifying cutting teachers

I wanted to clarify a point in my story this week (“Budget Could Cut 40 teachers,” April 9) after reading some online comments. The story addresses the part of the N.C. Senate’s budget that would increase classroom size for K-12 by two students per classroom.

As an example, for students in grades kindergarten through three would see average classroom size increase from 18 students to 20 students. The Senate’s proposal would result in the loss of 40 teachers from Lee County Schools, Superintendent Jeff Moss said.

The point of confusion is how many students are already in K-3 classes. Most of these classes already have at least 20 students. However, the school district applies for waivers that allow it to have more students than the currently mandated 18 students.

The Senate budget would then increase the number of students in each classroom even more.

Note: The General Assembly still must present its budget priorities. The full extent of the statewide budget cuts likely won’t be known until the summer.


April 12, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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