Teachers aren't the only ones facing layoffs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The preliminary 2011-12 budget plan calls for getting rid of teacher assistants in grades one and two, a loss of about 350 jobs.
Some assistants say a letter they received in February created a near-impossible barrier to keeping their jobs. The letter notifies principals that credentials that had previously been required only for assistants in high-poverty schools that get federal Title I money will now be required for all assistants, with documentation required by April 1.
Read the letter here.
Superintendent Peter Gorman and Chief Operating Officer Hugh Hattabaugh said today they've been urging all assistants to get these credentials for years. Failure to have the credentials by the deadline won't result in automatic dismissal, they said, and decisions about who's laid off will be based on performance ratings. But they said even assistants with top ratings could have a tough time competing for the remaining jobs if they lack credentials required to work in the Title I schools.