Beaufort County educators confront lawmaker over state budget

Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) meets with Beaufort County educators to discuss the state budget.

CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (WNCT) – Beaufort County educators confronted one of their state lawmakers Thursday over possible teacher assistant (TA) cuts.

Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) met with teachers, administrators and teacher assistants in Chocowinity as the North Carolina General Assembly continue negotiations over a budget.

Sen. Cook’s senate colleagues want to cut teacher assistant positions and instead hire more teachers.

The house wants to keep TA positions at their current level.

Teacher assistant Robbins Holloman Rees argued TA’s provide individualized learning for gifted or struggling students.

“It makes us feel like you all see only one side of this, but you really don’t know what’s right for our children,” she told Senator Cook.

Senator Cook said he was moved by the emotional pleas.

“I know there’s a lot of people in this room who think I’m full of you know what,” Sen. Cook said. “But I want you to understand something, I have the same goal you do.”

Lawmakers will continue working on the budget through the weekend.

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