CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Budget cuts are responsible for most of the loss of almost 4,000teaching jobs in North Carolina, and school officials fear thelosses will be worse next year when federal stimulus money driesup.
The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that 35 or more studentsnow fill some classrooms. Schools have eliminated foreignlanguages, high-level science classes and other electives.
North Carolina has just over 95,000 teachers, down from about99,000 last year.
Legislators cut $789 million from the public school budget forthis year.
School districts used federal money to pay the salaries of morethan 9,200 teachers this year, but the state budget cuts meantabout 3,000 teachers were let go.
A further cut of about 700 teachers can be attributed to fewerkindergarten children starting school.
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