Details of education department cuts emerge

WRAL reports that the State Board of Education approved their initial cuts to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget.  The $2.5 million in cuts were mandated by the General Assembly in an effort to reduce the state’s sizable public education bureaucracy.

Measures that will reduce overhead expenditures are included.  On the personnel side, the District Transformation and Educator Effectiveness divisions will be hit hardest by staff cuts and salary reductions.  The latest DPI directory (dated July 11, 2017) lists 48 employees in the District Transformation Division and 35 employees in the Educator Effectiveness Division.  Most employees in these divisions are consultants (aka coaches, facilitators, and coordinators).

There is still much that we do not know about the budget reductions, including which specific positions will be affected by the plan.  But the fact that only ten filled positions (7 full-time and 3 temporary jobs) will be eliminated suggests that members of the State Board of Education tried to minimize the loss of employment.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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