What's happening in North Carolina's schools:
Per-student funding for classroom materials is less than half of what it was before the recession, forcing teachers to buy school supplies with their own money to make up the difference. SINCE 2008-09, PER-STUDENT FUNDING FOR CLASSROOM MATERIALS HAS FALLEN BY 54%, adjusted for inflation and enrollment.
While the stock market has more than recovered from the Great Recession, education funding in North Carolina has continued to lag. In fact, adjusted for inflation and growth in student enrollment, only six states have seen a larger drop in per-student investment than North Carolina.
AVERAGE TEACHER PAY IN NORTH CAROLINA IS MORE THAN $9,000 LESS THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE
SINCE 2008-09, PER-STUDENT FUNDING FOR CLASSROOM MATERIALS HAS FALLEN BY 54%, adjusted for inflation and enrollment.
Teachers continue to leave North Carolina at an alarming rate, and the reason is clear. We pay thousands of dollars less to teachers than our neighboring states. Even Texas routinely holds job fairs in NC to recruit our best and brightest teachers - and offering a $9,000 raise.
Politicians continue to cut corporate tax and cut teachers, textbooks, and teaching assistants from our classrooms, children and students. It's time to fully fund our public schools to levels reached before the Great Recession in 2008. We will not forget.
25th - NC Teacher Pay Ranking, 2008-09
35th - NC Teacher Pay Ranking, 2017-18
$6,793 - Per-Student Investment in 2008-09
$6,317 - Per-Student Investment in 2017-18
"We have a state that is dismantling our public school system. This state is going in the wrong direction when it comes to public education."
- Paul Bailey, Republican School Board Member, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools