In the Triangle's five school districts, nearly 1,000 positions were eliminated this year, but layoffs numbered 266. Of those, 31 were teachers and 115 were teacher assistants. The layoffs occurred in Johnston, Orange and Wake counties.
It's the first time since the Depression that North Carolina schools have cut teacher positions during a time of enrollment growth, education officials said Wednesday. About 30,000 new students have been added to state schools in the past four to five years.