PHOTO: Press conference to save teacher’s assistants


DSC09964Teachers and parents joined Guilford County School Board member Darlene Garrett in calling on the county and state to fully fund teacher’s assistants and public education this afternoon.

At a press conference on the steps of the old county courthouse before the Guilford County Commissioners meeting (today at 5:30 p.m.), attendees said teacher’s assistants play a “vital” role that is often overlooked in schools, adding that they fill a wide variety of needs within a school. 

After cutting 3,500 teacher assistant positions last year, the Senate budget proposes cutting $223 million currently allocated to teacher assistants, resulting in the elimination of another 7,400 teacher assistant positions statewide,” a press release for the event said. 

That includes a projected 333 positions in Guilford County, according to the release.