Thursday Open Line

North Carolina public schools have lost 16,677.9 positions and laid off 6,096.7 people since the 2008-09 school year in response to state budget cuts, according to the most recent data reported by local school districts and released this week by the NC Department of Public Instruction. It is also important to note, that over that same period of teacher and educator job cuts, North Carolina public school enrollment has grown.

In 2012, education leaders say that they expect additional educator layoffs and position losses. In June 2012, $400 million in federal “EduJobs” funding will end. These federal dollars have been used by local school districts to preserve teaching and instructional support positions. More than 4,000 jobs are being covered by these funds in the 2011-12 school year.

The 2011-12 year showed the largest number of positions eliminated – 6,307.5 – and the largest number of layoffs, 2,418.1 but there have been steady cuts each year since 2008.

You can read the full report at our article here.

Don’t forget to visit downtown Henderson this afternoon 5:30pm to 8:30pm for a free live concert!  Breckenridge street will be closed to host the event.  This is right where the library and city police department is if you aren’t sure.