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Solving The School Budget Problem in North Carolina - Teacher Raises Come at a Cost?

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Several school superintendents supported the senate budget for next year to raise teacher salaries.

But they say they’re concerned at some of the other cuts and fear teachers may pack their bags and leave.

Dave Hartzell makes $50 more a month than he did 4 years ago.

“When I was single, it was something I was able to get by on.  As soon as I was married, it’s impossible and we have just lost money on bills,’ said teacher, Dave Hartzell.

“I’m babysitting full time and still work here,” said teacher, Alle-Jo Tenbieg.

Teachers say they are forced to do more with less.

 “Teachers are paying out of pocket for whatever they need in their classroom,” said Hartzell.

“I want to send them home with books but that’s constantly coming out of our pockets,” said Tenbieg.

So lawmarkers want to pitch in and give them a raise.

“I am concerned that the proposal wants to take money from education to give back to education,” said Hartzell.

But it comes at a cost – cutting teaching assistant positions and adding more kids to the classroom.

“I have 38 students just do the math – I can to get around one in 38 times but I have 25 times, I can get to you 1 in 25 times,” said Union County School Superintendent, Mary Ellis.

Hartzell says it’s time for him to start a new chapter until this equation is solved.

“I’ll be going to Virginia but I’d love to stay at CMS but I’m not sure that’s going to happen. I want my son to have a future and I want to provide for my wife,” said Hartzell.

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