In a bid to save money on your child’s tuition, the Rutherford County School District in North Carolina has decided to reduce the number of full-time, paid teaching positions by 20 percent.
The cuts will affect about 600 school districts in the state and affect every school in the county, with some districts receiving double the cuts, according to a news release.
The district announced the reductions in April after a state audit found that teachers were being paid more than twice the national average.
It is not yet clear how many school districts will be affected by the reductions.
A similar measure was approved by North Carolina Gov.
Roy Cooper in January, and was signed into law in May.
While the reductions will save students money, many parents are unhappy that the state is forcing them to make such a difficult choice.
“I’m shocked, really, I’m shocked at how this is being passed through the legislature,” said Sarah P. O’Brien, a parent of a fifth-grade student at St. Mark’s Church in Raleigh, according with the Associated Press.
“I’m not sure that my child is going to be able to afford this if we don’t take this action now.”
The cuts have prompted some parents to file lawsuits against the state.
The lawsuit filed by parents of students at St Mark’s and other local schools is being handled by the Rutherford Public Schools Association.
Parents have argued that the district is violating the rights of students and students should be able do as they please.
“This bill was designed to take away the ability of parents to make the decisions that they want to make in their children’s lives, not to impose some kind of draconian curriculum,” said O’Neill.
The union representing teachers in North Dakota, which represents more than 11,000 teachers in the Statehouse, has called the cuts a “cruel and unconstitutional attack on teachers.”
The union has also sued North Dakota over the state’s voucher program and has called for a statewide teacher evaluation system.
“North Dakotans deserve to know if they are receiving quality education at a fair price, and to be told what kind of quality education they should have,” said Kim Bridenstine, the union’s vice president of education.