Have budget cuts hurt CMS students?

Charlotte, NC - CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools had to cut about $80 million from its budget last year.

In addition, the school district also had to lay off about 500 teachers and eliminate some services.

Earlier this year, CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman said the budget cuts could affect academics this year.

This week, we asked Gorman if student achievement suffered due to budget cuts for the 2009-2010 school year.

"You are going to see some very positive results." Gorman said.

Even though student performance wasn't adversely affected during the current school year, Gorman says he worries how long that success will last with deeper budget cuts for the 2010-2011 school year.

Gorman worries despite the strong test scores, teachers are running on empty.  He said he got an email from an East Meck High teacher recently. This is what the teacher told Gorman.

"I don't think I can do this again next year," Gorman said. "I don't think I can deal with the pace and intensity I had to do this year, through the services, programs and staff that have been cut."

CMS teachers may have to suffer a little while longer.  County leaders predict the school district can expect budget cuts for the next few years.

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