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Budget proposal threatens the jobs of more than 100 teacher assistants in Cabarrus County

The N.C. Senate budget proposal approved this week threatens to eliminate more than 100 teacher assistants from the Cabarrus County Schools, a district spokeswoman said Friday.

School officials have informed 129 full-time and seven part-time teacher assistants they may lose their jobs.

The classroom aides, who make an average of $12.87 an hour, help teachers carry out lesson plans and monitor students in kindergarten through second grade.

Under a Senate proposal that chops down teaching jobs, instructional support and supplies, Cabarrus would need to cut more than $1 million from its budget for the next school year, spokeswoman Ronnye Boone said.

“It’s definitely not something we want to see happen,” Boone said. “Teacher assistants play an important role in instruction and safety.”

Districts across the state must now wait to see how much money they will lose while lawmakers negotiate a budget.

The state House has yet to release its proposed budget.

Gov. Pat McCrory has proposed $234 million in education cuts statewide.

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