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Teacher Assistants future in the air

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The last day of school for many happened Friday. As teachers were preparing for their summer some Teacher Assistants (TA's) were preparing not to come back.

Union County school officials say they sent about 65 letters to TA's informing them there may not be enough money in the budget to keep them on the payroll. So far the state budget is lacking when it comes to funding for TA's. State lawmakers are still hammering out the final budget.

In the meantime Charlotte - Mecklenburg school (CMS) district says it is acting like all its TA's are coming back. No letter has been sent out. CMS did say 400 TA's could be on the chopping block if enough funding doesn't come through. The district says it will decide how to handle TA's once the budget is final.

Marsha Poole hopes money is found to keep all Teacher Assistants on the job. She has been a TA for about 10 years and believes Teacher assistants help boost academic achievement.

"We are more than TA's," Poole said. "We are instructional assistants. The same strategies the teachers use - those are the strategies we as assistants use in the classrooms, like pulling out those small groups of students the teachers can't reach."

If funding doesn't come through, CMS has options to keep as many TA's on the job.

Gaston County is also not making a move until it knows the final budget number.

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