Meeting Students' Needs After State Education Budget Cuts


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As North Carolina school systems struggle with a third year of severe education budget cuts, administrators say parents' help and support are needed more than ever to minimize the impact on children. Superintendents across the state have cut millions from their budgets, which means students could face everything from longer bus rides to less help at school.

Speculation about education budget cuts across North Carolina was rampant this year, with worst-case scenarios calling for hundreds of teacher layoffs. When the N.C. legislature passed its budget in June, however, many school leaders breathed a sigh of relief that the cuts were less than anticipated. The state's largest school systems have been able to preserve many teacher and teacher assistant jobs, cutting elsewhere instead.

"Nobody is happy with a 6-percent cut in funding [in Wake County public schools], but there were a lot of rumors of 10 percent, and I would just say, 'Steady in the foxhole, let's wait,'" says Wake County Public School System Superintendent Tony Tata.

The effects of the budget cuts will be felt differently across the state. In Wake County, for example, the school system is losing more than 40 central office positions to ensure that the teacher-to-student ratio remains the same. In Charlotte, many elementary schools will start earlier or later to save money on transportation, and several middle schools' sports have been cut. In Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, foreign language classes in elementary schools will be cut, and high school and middle-school class sizes will increase.

Teachers saved as enrollment increases

While school systems focused on saving teachers' jobs, growing school systems will likely have to make room for hundreds or thousands of new students this fall. In Wake County, more teachers will be hired in 2011-2012 to preserve class size as enrollment goes up, Tata says. The school system is also adding programs to make all of its schools as desirable as possible and reorganizing its central office.

"We have a $1.2 billion budget, and my priorities within that budget are to protect teachers and classrooms first," Tata says. That commitment "will minimize the impact of the budget on parents and students, which is the overarching goal."

The cuts include layoffs in Wake County's central office and the elimination of 70 janitorial positions. The system is also removing one clerical position from each school and cutting teacher assistants' and assistant principals' pay.

Chapel-Hill Carrboro City Schools faced state budget cuts totaling $6.2 million but spared teacher positions, reducing funding for supplies, mentor pay and textbooks.

School officials in Guilford County originally anticipated $35.6 million in cuts, but after reviewing the state budget, the school board expects to cut $14.3 million. While the school system did not cut any full-time teaching jobs or require teacher salary reductions or furloughs, leaders are anticipating the loss of 64 positions, including 15 custodian jobs.

"We have tried to reduce our impact to the classroom," says Sharon Ozment, chief financial officer for Guilford County Schools.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools restored hundreds of teacher positions originally removed for the 2011-2012 school year after the state cut $30 million less than anticipated and Mecklen-burg County awarded the schools an additional $26 million. That means teacher assistants and support positions, such as media specialists and school counselors, will be protected.

"We're incredibly thankful to the county for the additional support they gave us," says Eric Davis, CMS school board chairman. "That, combined with the state's cuts not being as bad as they originally forecasted, is helping us preserve about 1,000 positions."

CMS leaders also say there is now enough money to hire more teachers, which could reduce high-school class sizes.

Cuts felt elsewhere

School systems still had to find a way to remove millions from their budgets. In Charlotte, the school board chopped about $50 million. That means another year of no funding for middle school sports, although the system recently found enough money from other sources to restore eight of the 13 sports. Schools have closed or been consolidated, and 45 minutes have been added to the elementary school day to streamline school bus usage. Like Wake County, CMS has also reduced its maintenance staff.

"The grass will get longer, fewer people will be cleaning the schools and the schools will be warmer in the hotter months and colder in the winter months because our thermostats will be adjusted to save money," Davis says.

Guilford County has maintained cuts to its central office and supplies budget, although school leaders say this may be the last year they can absorb such cuts without making significant changes.

If 2012-2013 brings similar cuts, education leaders across the state say widespread teacher layoffs likely are unavoidable.

"The system is under so much strain, and for the students who need the additional support the most, it's going to be so difficult for our staff to provide that support so that they can continue to show academic progress at the rate (we'd like)," Davis says.

Less funding for Pre-K

Education for the youngest - and often neediest - students has been the topic of intense discussion this year, and these programs will also see cuts and changes. More at Four, a highly regarded pre-kindergarten program that focuses on helping underserved children get ready for school, has been cut by 11.5 percent and was moved from the N.C. Department of Education to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Development July 1. Now, the program is known as the N.C. Pre-Kindergarten Program.

School leaders say budget cuts coupled with a legislative requirement that the program charge qualifying families a co-pay could cripple More at Four, which now serves about 40,000 children in North Carolina. While some worry that NCPKP will become subsidized child care rather than an educational program, others are more optimistic.

"The Division of Child Development has said they expect all of the quality components to remain in place," says Jean Goodman, executive director at the Guilford County Partnership for Children, an agency that administers early childhood development funding. "Absolutely, we'll have a high-quality pre-K program. We don't know all of the details (yet), but parents should go ahead and register their children if they qualify."

At press time, administrators were still figuring out how to allocate pre-kindergarten money, whether the number of slots would be reduced and how much the program would be subsidized.

"We're starting out in the hole, and we've been cut, and we don't know how many slots we'll have or where they will be," Goodman says.

Charlotte's Bright Beginnings program, a public-school preschool for at-risk children, will close its preschool centers because of budget cuts, Davis says. The program will not lose seats, but all Bright Beginnings classrooms will move into elementary schools.

"We're doing the best we can to try to put those classes into schools close to where they live, but depending on how that shakes out, some students might have to go to a school that's not as close to them as a center," Davis says.

Governor's School summer program in limbo

The N.C. Governor's School, a decades-old summer program for high-achieving high school students, also is in limbo.

The program has been cut from the state budget - some legislators say it had to go to protect teachers and classrooms - but the program could continue in 2012 if private donors come up with about $1 million.

The N.C. Governor's School was founded in 1963 and offers academic enrichment programs covering everything from dance to science. The program had been free until 2010, when students were required to pay a $500 tuition fee because of previous budget cuts.

The six-week program, which costs about $2,100 per student, is held on the campuses of Salem College in Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh.

The Governor's School Alumni Association and The Governor's School Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the program, are raising money to keep the program going, even if it has to be scaled down. The foundation set a goal to raise $100,000 by Aug. 1.

The state Board of Education could discuss the future of the Governor's School this month. For more information about how to help, visit www.ncgsfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/ncgsfoundation.

What parents can do

Parent participation is more important than ever as schools try to offer the same level of education with fewer resources. Here are some things you can do to help.

*     Go virtual. World language and advanced placement classes in high schools have been some of the first to go, and many students have turned to online classes to fill the void. N.C. Virtual School, which opened in 2007 and serves about 46,000 students annually, has had steady growth, between 35 and 50 percent, in the last few years, says David Edwards, chief communications and professional learning officer for N.C. Virtual Public School. Especially popular are language classes such as Latin, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

"The parents have been very pleased with our instruction and our model," Edwards says. "The biggest feedback we get is their student has the opportunity to take an additional course that was not offered locally."

The virtual school, based in Raleigh, will expand its advanced placement-level course sections and debut more classes that focus on science, math, technology and engineering in the fall.

However, virtual classes may not escape budget cuts. The state requires public schools to pay for its students to take the classes, which cost around $300 per student. Some smaller school systems have said they can't pay the bill.

*     Help out at home. Teachers may be stretched thin with larger classes or less help from teacher assistants. Parents can help by making sure their child is doing his or her homework and keeping up with classroom assignments.

*     Take on little tasks. Teachers spend precious time on administrative work, such as changing out bulletin boards or hanging student artwork in the hallway. Regularly ask teachers if you can help them with these tasks, and you'll free up more time for them to spend in the classroom.

*     Keep teachers supplied. When teachers run short on classroom supplies, they may be too shy to ask parents to pitch in, says Mary McCray, outgoing president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators and a retired elementary school teacher. Ask teachers what they need, and ask them to periodically email their supply lists to parents. Don't forget non-classroom teachers such as media specialists and P.E. teachers. They may need supplies as well.

*     Organize a work day. Most school systems are cutting back on custodial and maintenance services, and parents can help with everything from landscaping to trash pickup. A group of parents dedicating a Saturday morning to school grounds work can make a big difference.

*     Volunteer - and take a friend. Schools have many volunteer opportunities, and school principals or PTA leaders can help match your skills with volunteer jobs. Some schools already have specific needs, such as elementary schools in Union County that are losing media assistants, says Union County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Davis. Consider volunteering in high-needs schools, where help is needed most. If you know retirees, religious education teachers or other community members who might have free time to volunteer, ask them, McCray says. Schools often operate regular volunteer shifts, such as weekly tutoring.

*     Help find other funding. Many schools have formed committees to write small, targeted grants for money from corporations and foundations that can help with projects such as a school garden or playground equipment. Also check out www.donorschoose.org, where visitors can fund local teacher projects.

*     Participate in school fundraisers. Some community members are taking the lead in raising money for specific programs, such as saving middle school sports in Charlotte.

Stay calm, stay informed

Keeping up with the news on educational budget cuts can foster understanding of the situation rather than anger and frustration.

"Be aware of the challenges that the teacher faces," Davis says. "Just a little bit of grace and support would go a long way toward helping our teachers serve more students."  n

Marty Minchin is a freelance writer based in Charlotte.

Fitting in five more days

When the N.C. legislature passed its budget in June, it threw in a surprise: a requirement for schools to add five instructional days to the calendar without lengthening the school year.

School systems have been advised to convert five teacher workdays into instructional days, but Wake County Public Schools, Guilford County Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have asked for a waiver on the additional five school days until 2012-2013. Instead, the schools are asking that the requirement be filled by teachers attending training and development programs on teacher workdays.

"(The five additional days) is sort of a last-minute deal that's very disruptive," says Anthony Tata, Wake County Public School System superintendent. School calendars are usually set at least a year in advance, and adding five days now to Wake County's 50 four-track, year-round schools would be particularly difficult.

For More Information

For updated information about local education budgets, visit the following websites:

*     Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

www.chccs.k12.nc.us, select "2011-2012 Budget" from right menu

*     Chatham County Schools

www.chatham.k12.nc.us, search for "2011-2012 budget"

*     Durham Public Schools

www.dpsnc.net/about-dps/budget

*     Johnston County Schools

http://johnston.k12.nc.us, select "District" and "School Board"; budget links on the left menu

*     Orange County Schools

www.orange.k12.nc.us/support_services_pages/finance_11-12_budget.html

*     Wake County Public Schools

www.wcpss.net/news

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Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
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Cost: $29/person

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Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
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Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

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Cost: $29/person

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Cost: Free

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Cost: Free

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See horses compete and enjoy food trucks, children's activities and more. Admission is free; Saturday evening Grand Prix tickets are $10/person. Proceeds benefit Duke Children's...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex
4601 Trinity Rd.
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Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Our seventh annual food drive will be held during the month of November. All donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org). We encourage you to get...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
View map »


Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Cost: FREE. Registration is required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
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Cost: Free

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State Farmers Market
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Raleigh, NC  27603
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Whole Brain Escape, the Triangle’s newest escape room, is debuting its 4th room! Located in Apex, Whole Brain Escape is excited to unveil The Curse of Dr. Conundrum on Friday, November 8th....

Cost: $29/person

Where:
Whole Brain Escape
410 Upchurch St
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Whole Brain Escape
Telephone: (919)355-2714
Contact Name: Heather Chandler
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Cost: Free

Where:
Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex
4601 Trinity Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
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Give rugby a try. Take part in tag rugby pick-up games every Saturday morning at Baileywick Road Park, near the Second Shelter.  No experience necessary. All ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd
Second Shelter Field
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Raleigh Redhawks Rugby
Contact Name: denise travis
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Yates Mill Associates invites you to their annual holiday sale. Browse an array of gifts including crafts handmade by talented volunteers; Yates Mill souvenir mugs, T-shirts and hats; and cookbooks...

Cost: Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tour fee: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16),...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (60+ yrs), $3/Child (7-16yrs), Free/Child (6yrs & younger)

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Search for turkey cutouts that will be hidden throughout the park’s various trails and greenway. Each turkey “caught” can be redeemed for a special award (limit one award per...

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Ages 1-5 and caregiver delight in the discoveries of nature. Register online. 

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Ages 4-12 enjoy free arts and crafts. Registration not required. Children must have adult accompaniment. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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November Story Time, Puppet Show and Art Activity Puppet Show Incorporated https://www.puppetshowinc.org/ presents the classic folk story Stone Soup. Activities include a story time, puppet show...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Branch Library
900 Old Fayetteville Road
Inside McDougle Middle School
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Orange County Library
Telephone: 919-969-3006
Contact Name: Beth Hawkey
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Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call our park home. Help collect data for our Natural Resources Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. All...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Whole Brain Escape, the Triangle’s newest escape room, is debuting its 4th room! Located in Apex, Whole Brain Escape is excited to unveil The Curse of Dr. Conundrum on Friday, November 8th....

Cost: $29/person

Where:
Whole Brain Escape
410 Upchurch St
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Whole Brain Escape
Telephone: (919)355-2714
Contact Name: Heather Chandler
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Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tour fee: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16),...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (60+ yrs), $3/Child (7-16yrs), Free/Child (6yrs & younger)

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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During harvest time, farmers often helped their neighbors to get hard work done during communal gatherings such as corn shucking. Learn about this fall tradition and make a corn husk doll to take...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Usher in the holidays with a tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Carolers, a visit from Santa, a dance scene from the Nutcracker, special performances from local schools, and dozens of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lafayette Village
8450 Honeycutt Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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All evening and into the night, 3000 pounds of molten iron will be poured into molds, in an exciting fiery display. Additionally, there will be Liberty Arts artists’ work for sale, scratch...

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Discover what's happening as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #127674.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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East Cloud Kungfu hosts a Parent's Night Out event, featuring a safe environment for kids as they about the wide world of kungfu.   Check it out!...

Cost: $25 first child, $20 each additional child

Where:
East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
5655-A Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
Telephone: 252-646-7053
Contact Name: Imari Colon
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Join the Studio School of Durham team to sip, tinker, and create on Saturday, November 16th at 7:00pm for this FREE event!  We will provide the food, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Studio School of Durham
1201 W Woodcroft Pkwy
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: The Studio School of Durham
Telephone: 984-377-4502
Contact Name: Danielle Sunde
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The EWFL carries a unique experience in youth football to play in a “big game” atmosphere.  Our games begin in the afternoons on Saturday and play into the evening “under the...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Durham County Stadium
750 Stadium Dr
Durham, NC  27704
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See horses compete and enjoy food trucks, children's activities and more. Admission is free; Saturday evening Grand Prix tickets are $10/person. Proceeds benefit Duke Children's...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex
4601 Trinity Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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