NC schools have fewer teachers, more students
(Associated Press) Almost 17,200 additional students packed into North Carolina schools this year while the number of teachers dropped, according to new payroll data, leading to what some advocates say are larger class sizes that inhibit learning. There were 95,725 teachers working with more than 1.5 million students after the normal churn of the new academic year settled down in October, said the state Department of Public Instruction’s chief finance officer, Philip Price. The payroll and enrollment figures for the current year come as the state Board of Education opened its monthly two-day meeting last week with an annual report on teacher turnover during the school year that concluded in May.
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