The Republican budget will result in the loss of thousands of education positions. Remember that oft-repeated claim? Some critics put the job losses at 10,000 or more. Were the doomsdayer’s right?
This morning the Department of Public Instruction posted public school personnel statistics for 2012 -13 to its web site. The data is on full-time personnel and is collected annually. It does not include charter schools. Still it allows us to assess year-to-year personnel changes.
What do we learn?
All Positions: + 1, 519. The actual number of full-time positions in North Carolina public schools actually increased, up from 175,630 in 2011-12 to 177,149 in 2012-13
Teachers: +1,182. The number of teachers actually increased by from 93,964 to 95,146, including an increase of 1,075 state-funded teacher jobs.
Administrators: +190. Over 190 new administrators were hired; the state hired 209 new administrators, in part to make up for the loss of 132 administrators jobs funded by the feds.
Professionals: + 495. Nearly 500 new professional (guidance counselors, psychologists, consultants etc..) positions were added; including 544 new state-funded positions. There was also a decline of 107 federally-funded professional jobs.
Other Jobs: -348. Non-certified positions (i.e. teacher assistant, technicians, clerical staff etc…) declined by a net 348 positions. Interestingly, the number of state funded “other” positions actually increased by 1,360. The number of local funded “other personnel increased also increased by 760. No doubt the additions at the state and local level were to offset the elimination of almost 2,500 federally-funded jobs in these categories.
Next time, be careful who you listen to.