NC teacher assistants rally for jobs as school year approaches

North Carolina teacher assistants rally for jobs on Thursday at the General Assembly - Courtesy of WNCN

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina teacher assistants rallied at the General Assembly on Thursday, urging legislators to come to a solution in the budget impasse.

Teaching assistants in North Carolina still do not know if they will have a job as the state’s budget has yet to be passed.

On Wednesday, the North Carolina General Assembly approved a continuing resolution that takes the temporary budget through Aug. 31.

North Carolina’s teaching assistants’ future depends on how the budget negotiations go. The Senate’s proposed budget cuts teacher assistants but the House budget does not.

At the end of the last school year, there were around 15,000 state-funded teacher assistants in North Carolina.

But that number could be significantly lower once the House and Senate agree on a budget.
“I and the House continue to believe that teaching assistants are very valuable and should be funded by the state. That’s something we’ve made very clear in our negotiations,” said House Speaker Tim Moore told WNCN earlier this week.

Traditional calendar schools begin soon, with Wake County students returning to schools Aug. 24.

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