What if you fired every single administrator, from school principals to the education officials in Raleigh, to save teacher jobs?
It still wouldn't be nearly enough to make up the billion-dollar shortfall North Carolina is facing in its education budget for 2009-10, according to a memo sent to local educators by N.C. Board of Education Chair Bill Harrison and state Superintendent June Atkinson.
Click here to read the memo.
A House committee's proposal to cut thousands of teacher jobs and shorten the school year has educators up in arms. Harrison and Atkinson sent the memo to illustrate how tough it is protect classrooms when money is this short.
Eliminating all staff from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, all central office staff from all school districts and all principals and assistant principals would save a mere $436 million, their memo says.
Cut all state spending for testing, textbooks and classroom supplies and you'd save about $214 million more. That leaves another $350 million to cover the billion-dollar gap.
Harrison and Atkinson note that they're making a point, not endorsing the cuts they outline. As they note in a classic understatement: "Few of us will ever see $1 billion."
- Ann Doss Helms