Lynn Bonner with the News and Observer writes:
Teachers and assistants cut
Local school districts cut mostly teachers and assistants when they made the $225 million in budget reducations directed by legislators last year.
According to a report the state Department of Public Instruction gave legislators today, nearly 60 percent of the cut, or about $134 million, came from cutting the teacher rolls. Nearly 20 percent, or $44 million, came from cutting teacher assistants.
But enough about the current budget. On to the next one.
Legislative budget writers are talking about a shortfall of $1 billion to $1.2 billion.
But there may be some limited places to save in the education budget.
The student headcount used in budget calculations is coming in lower than expected, according to legislative staff. Early estimates put the savings at about $10 million.
Average salaries are coming in below budget, possibly because of a high rate of retirement among experienced teachers, according to the staff report. That could take $20 million off the bottom line.