NC budget cuts hit people and programs to help poor schools

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's low-performing schools will get less help and teacher training will receive less funding as a result of budget cuts required by state legislators.

Media outlets report the State Board of Education settled on the $2.5 million in budget cuts Tuesday and could decide on additional layoffs next week.

The board's cuts include slashed salaries for 19 instructional coaches who work with teachers and layoffs for seven agency employees.

State school board chairman Bill Cobey said most of the personnel cuts are from divisions that direct school transformations and improve teacher effectiveness.

Lawmakers required the state education agency's budget of around $50 million to be cut by $3.2 million this year and $7.3 million next year.

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