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Wake NCAE calls for teacher walk-in instead of teacher walk-out on Nov. 4

Wake NCAE is urging teachers to hold a walk-in and not a walk-out on Nov. 4 in response to the issues facing the state’s public schools.

As noted in today’s article, Wake NCAE President Larry Nilles said he’s proud of the work done by organizers of the proposed statewide teacher walk-out. But Nilles said that actually holding the walk-out would antagonize parents. Instead, he said holding a walk-in and meeting with the public after school would do more to transform public schools.

“We are proud of the work that the organizers of the Nov. 4 walk-out have done,” Nilles told Wake County school board members on Tuesday. “They drew attention to the frustrations of public school employees and the damage done to public schools during the 2013 session of the North Carolina General Assembly.”

Talking about Wake County offering attendance bonuses for school bus drivers

What's the best way for the Wake County school system to hire and retain more of its school bus drivers?

The school system's approach is to offer bonuses of up to $1,000 per driver if they have good attendance. But did the Wake County school board jump too quickly to adopt that $1.1 million program whose funding is coming from the transportation department's savings?

“We’re looking for any way we can to improve our bus service," Bob Snidemller, Wake's senior director of transportation, told school board members June 18 to get the bonus program.

Great Schools in Wake leaders among speakers at today's "sound the alarm" press conference

Some familiar names will be speaking out at a press conference this morning to complain about the education bills being promoted by Republican state lawmakers.

Former Congressman Bob Etheridge and Public Schools First NC are holding a press conference at 11 a.m. in Green Hope Park in Cary "in support of strong public schools." Other speakers include Adrienne Lumpkin and Lynn Edmonds, both leaders in the Great Schools in Wake Coalition.

The group charges that lawmakers are leading "a race to the bottom" with proposed measures such as dropping class size limits, cutting back on teacher assistants and providing voucher money for families to attend private schools.

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Wake County school board talks about impact of losing $12 million for teacher assistants

The potential loss of $12 million in state funding for 400 teacher assistant positions in the Wake County school system could have a noticeable impact.

During the last budget work session, Chief Business Officer David Neter said that 15 elementary schools have converted a third or more of their funding for teacher assistant months to pay for something else.

But Neter said they should keep in mind that "the vast majority" of elementary schools are converting either a third or less of their TA months.

Wake County school system to lobby to save teacher assistant positions

It looks saving teacher assistant positions will be the major crusade by school leaders in Wake County and the rest of this state during this budget season.

As noted in today's article, school board members and administrators said Tuesday that Wake's loss of $12 million in funding for teacher assistants in Gov. Pat McCrory's budget would be "very detrimental." McCrory's budget would cut all $117 million in funding for TAs in grades 2 and 3, only funding them for K-1.

McCroy has touted how his budget would add 1,800 teaching positions. But Chief Business Officer David Neter said those positions are just to keep up with growth so they can't convert the positions to pay for TA positions.

Wake County school board on TA cuts, school board election bill and West Apex High name

Here's a quick recap of today's Wake County school board work session.

School board members and administrators are concerned that Gov. Pat McCrory's budget proposal would cut about $12 million for teacher assistant positions in Wake. That would cost 400 positions so Wake will lobby for the funding to be included in the final state budget.

McCrory's budget would eliminate TA funding in second- and third-grades.

Wake preparing for teacher assistant and custodial layoffs

Here's a synopsis of how Wake County school administrators are dealing with a proposed 8.8 percent funding cut from state House Education leaders.

With the cut being far higher than the 5 percent reduction the new budget was built on, Wake is drawing up plans should they need to lay off teacher assistants and custodians.

One of the major differences between what the state Department of Public Instruction and the state House has proposed is a greater reduction in funding for teacher assistants. The state House plan would remove all funding for teacher assistants beyond kindergarten and first grade.

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