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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Teacher assistants around the state are fighting to keep their jobs after Governor Pat McCrory announced cutting jobs in his budget plan.

More than 3,000 teacher assistants could be impacted if McCrory’s plan passes.

North Carolina’s teacher assistant of the year William Johnston says TA’s play a big part of a child’s education. Johnston, a TA at Booker T. Washington Primary School in Clarkton, says they are there for the kids, and if their jobs are cut, the greatest impact will be on the children. He says with the job a teacher has today, they do not have the time to give extra attention to the students. “That’s where we come in. We work with the teacher in a partnership to help make sure that that child succeeds. To work with the low performing students, in order to help move them to proficiency. To take the middle ones and keep them moving forward, and also take our high ones and move them in the direction,” Johnston said.

Governor McCrory’s plan would add 5,000 slots for at-risk children in the state’s pre-kindergarten program. Although the Governor’s proposed budget would take away 3,000 TA jobs, it would add almost 2,000 full-time teaching positions. The plan would cut funding for teacher assistants except for in kindergarten and the first grade.

Johnston thinks if these cuts go into effect we will see a drop in test scores over time. “I think it’s important to help children in kindergarten and especially through the third grade to help establish an educational foundation for them to build on to continue to grow and go forth,” Johnston said.

Johnston wants legislators to know the value of teacher assistants. He thinks people should speak out to let them know how important TA’s are.

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6 months 19 days ago

I would like to know what the Governor would do “without” his aides?
Let’s find out how much they make and let’s cut their salaries and keep teachers aides salaries. I truly believe what our teachers and teachers aides do is far more important. What the Governor is saying is …….Teachers aides are dispensable, not important, not essential.
Governor go into s classroom for a week and see for yourself.
I can’t believe you are even considering this action.

2016 years 2 months ago

Well comrades, they’ve done it to us again; run out on us that is. It happened at the end of the 2010-2011 school year and now it’s happening to us again. If you’re able, lay a hurtin’ on their budget and go out on retirement or disability if you have to. I read a lot of good 2 cents sense in this column but really we work for the lowest of all salaries within the school districts and when any local administration can sneak our salaries off to a grant fund and not tell you anything about… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

I am a Teacher Assistant and love my job. I care about the education of our children so much that I have gone back to college to get my Teaching Degree. A Teacher Assistant is not JUST a Teacher Assistant. In the society we have today it takes a mom and a dad working to take care of the children and provide for them. We live in a very fast paced world. When I was in school, we had 32 to 35 children in a classroom. When we got home mom was there to help with homework. Listen people,… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

I think that the governor needs to rethink this. Teacher assistants do more than just assist the teacher. They drive the school bus, assist classrooms with EOG training and just pretty much help the school to run smoothly. To get rid of the TA’s would mean to let an entire school down, and put more pressure on the teacher. That would mean less focus on teaching.

Michelle R
2016 years 2 months ago

As an Elementary School teacher I am always amazed at the fact of how underrated Lawmakers or how insignicant they place on the role of the Teacher Assistants in the classroom, and not that I am not all about our kids learning what they can from the use of technology and how important it will be in the future, but I believe that kids benefit just as much having two teachers in the classroom to help meet their needs and bridge those academic gaps. I would like to see
TA’s in grades K-3, and then starting in the 4th grade… Read more »

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