A rally has been planned for Monday at 6 p.m. at Enka High School in response to the possible loss of 80 Buncombe teachers.
The rally comes on the heels of news that, due to an education budget currently working its way through the N.C. House of Representatives, class sizes statewide may be increased by two students each. That would mean that 6,000 teachers statewide — 80 in Buncombe County — would not have their contracts renewed. Other school staff, from counselors to, teachers assistants to bus drivers would also be affected.
This is an excerpt of an e-mail currently circulating among the area’s teachers and principals:
“I am emailing you about a parent-teacher rally held on June 8 at 6:00 at Enka High. This rally is for people concerned about the budget impact on public schools. We are inviting our elected officials. Parents and educators will speak out against increasing class size and cutting teachers, counselors and social workers. We are faxing you a copy of the flier for parents. I urge you to follow the suggestions listed on the NCASA web page to join with educators and parents across state to get involved. Tentative location is Enka High. More info to come. Please involve your PTA PTO and Advisory Council as well as community members. Please send this on to all principals in your district who are not listed above.”
You can see the letter mailed to approximately 80 teachers by Buncombe County Schools informing them of the cuts here.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer