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Yes, NC, We Do Need Teaching Assistants

Do you want smaller class sizes in elementary schools? Clearly that’s a no-brainer. But here’s the real question: what would you give up to get your kid into a class with 10 or 13 desks instead of the state average of 20? The NC Senate has proposed a budget that would defund roughly half of our state’s teaching assistant positions in lieu of adding 2,000 teachers in 1st through 3rd grade. Our kids’ class sizes could shrink under this plan, but the reality is, it would actually decrease student-teacher ratios across the board. It’s simple math -- even my first grader could figure this one … [Read More...]