A review of preliminary 2011-12 school personnel data from the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) shows some surprising results. While there was a net loss of 4,700 employees — federal and local school employees declined by about 7,300 and 2,100 respectively – the state actually added about 4,700 school employees — including about 2,100 teachers. These numbers are from figures submitted by LEAs to NCDPI and have yet to be verified by staff. Still, the numbers contradict Gov. Perdue’s narrative that Republican state budget cuts are responsible for educator job losses.
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