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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recently released a report detailing the impacts of state budget cuts on public schools since the 2008-09 school year. The report conveys an eye opening message about the health of public education in North Carolina. According to the report, North Carolina’s public school system has lost over 16,000 positions and laid off over 6,000 employees since the 2008-09 school year; accruing to an 8 percent total reduction in the workforce.


More than 6,300 education jobs have been eliminated to date in North Carolina schools, according to new data released Wednesday, Aug. 31, by the state Department of Public Instruction.

“This is shameful,” Rep. Haire said. “Our children only have one chance at an education and we are diminishing their opportunities when we take away their teachers and their teacher assistants. I voted against this awful plan because I worried it would devastate our schools. This report shows the harm that it has already caused.”


Teachers, board members concerned about validity of $225K reading program

Questions about how the Lindamood-Bell Learning Process (LMB) will be funded, as well as the actual success of the program, has raised concern among community members.

During the August Macon County Board of Education meeting Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman informed the board that a proposal, which would continue the LMB program into the 2011-2012 school year, had been drafted.


The mission of the USDA Forest Service Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is to “train eligible youth in the educational, social and career technical training skills ... and contributing value to our communities.”

The center saw results from its agenda as 12 students graduated from its vocational program this past Tuesday.

The first-ever national LBJ Civilian Conservation Corps commencement ceremony was held at the center along with an open house that featured guided tours, a cookout with hot dogs and hamburgers, door prizes and basic health checks.


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