Raising NC teacher pay could cause education funding cuts

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The plan to increase teacher pay could cause major funding cuts to other areas in education.

The State Senate released a plan which would give teachers an 11.2 percent raise in exchange for giving up tenure.

In Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools, close to 278 teacher assistant jobs would be cut along with 28 teacher positions.

The school district’s transportation budget would also be slashed by $1.1 million.

“It looks like addition by subtraction,” said Beverly Emory, superintendent of Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools.

“The need for those additional adults in our classrooms is critical,” Emory said.

Senator Earline Parmon, who represents Forsyth County, says she doesn’t support the proposal.

“Our local district is really going to be hurting, which means our students are going to suffer,” said Parmon (D), District 32.

“I hope that there will be a compromise in this,” Emory said.


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