Statewide, we have 7400 FEWER federally funded positions and 2000 fewer locally funded positions. A total of 9400 FEWER postions in our NC PUBLIC SCHOOLS.....well, not quite! The state increased it's funding and added 4600 new state paid positions which decreased the state wide loss to 4800 net total losses.
Now, Democrats are not going to let a chance to distort some numbers pass without at least an attempt at obfuscation. Their current propaganda campaign is to argue that NC has fewer teachers as a result of the Republican State Legislators budget. Of course this budget is within a half of one percent of what was requested by Dem governor Perdue and of course it replaced more than HALF of the positions whose funding was cut by the Federal government and resulted in a significant INCREASE in state funded teacher positions.
Democrats are hoping that the voters will be fooled by this spin. The fact is that the cuts in NC Public School employment are not because of cuts by the STATE legislature - the STATE increased it's funding! The cuts are mostly in the federal funding and in some county/municipal funding OTHER THAN WATAUGA.
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