Community rallies against cutting of 129 teacher assistants

Community rallies against cutting of 129 teacher assistants

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 11:41 PM

CONCORD, N.C. -- Less than a week after 129 Cabarrus County Schools teaching assistants learned they would be laid off due to cuts in state funding, district employees are fighting for their jobs.

Teaching assistants, school board members, parents and teachers all showed up for the Public Schools First NC rally in Concord Wednesday.

Former congressman and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Bob Etheridge has been traveling the state with the group in support of more funding and stronger standards in North Carolina public schools.

Cabarrus County Schools released this statement to NBC Charlotte Wednesday:

“The current predicament of teacher assistants affects not only Cabarrus County Schools, but school systems statewide.  Cabarrus County Schools is adamantly opposed to any cuts that erode educational programs in our schools, and this includes cuts in teacher assistants.  TAs serve an important role in the classroom, including student care, additional safety, enhanced curricular support and leveraged adult presence in the room.”

Board members have said they hope, if state funding does not come through, the county can search for other options that would allow Cabarrus County Schools to keep the teaching assistants.

However, the county commissioners have already told the school board that is unlikely.

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