In the county I live in, there are teacher assistants in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. I think the third grade teachers have assistants half day and share with another teacher. And the other assistants usually spend an hour daily with a fourth or fifth grade teacher to help them out. I realize this county has been really fortunate to pay for so much help for teachers. There's been rumors this year that the assistants will be RIFed in all but kindergarten. They are expecting huge budget cuts from the state this year and are trying not to cut teachers. I no longer work in the county, but I feel horrible for all assistants who might lose their jobs. Has this been happening other places? How have you dealt with the lack of assistants if it has?