DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina education leaders are trying to pressure the General Assembly to reverse budget cuts they say are hurting schools.
The State Board of Education held a special and very public meeting Tuesday to hear from more than two dozen local school superintendents. They pounded home a message that years of state cuts forced by the recession will get drastic next year. That's when the last of the federal stimulus money that has kept thousands of teachers and assistants in the classroom dries up.
Caldwell County Superintendent Steve Stone says that means the loss of about $2.7 million, enough to pay nearly 80 teachers.
The state Department of Public Instruction counted nearly 1,000 fewer teachers and more than 2,000 fewer teaching assistants in the state's classrooms this academic year.