CMS looks to restore layoffs
Some of the recent cuts at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be reversed, thanks to a tax package in the state budget. That's according to Superintendent Peter Gorman. WFAE's Simone Orendain has more: The state budget lawmakers passed this week has not yet been signed, but it includes about $1 billion in additional revenues. In anticipation of a smaller state budget, the district had expected to plug a $120 million hole in its own budget. Now, Superintendent Peter Gorman says that shortfall will be less than $100 million. In June, the district had eliminated more than 1,100 positions - most of them classroom teachers - in anticipation of the bigger shortfall. With the state budget in place, Gorman acknowledges the irony that some teachers who were cut, will now be able to apply for their old jobs. But there's no guarantee they'd get them back. He says, "And some of those people are going to sit there and say, 'Why in the world did Pete Gorman recommend and put in a place a system where we did this?' I'd do it again. If we didn't have a $1 billion - approximately - revenue package at the state level, no one would be coming back and we'd be making more cuts!" Gorman says now that the state budget is complete, he will no longer recommend eliminating middle school sports. He says he hopes to have a specific amount of what the district will receive from the state, before Tuesday's school board meeting.