State education spending: the facts
K-12 Education Cuts: Outright Lies
Did North Carolina’s budget make Cuts to Education?
Hoodwinking Education — Lies Continue
Superintendent salaries across NC
Chuck McGrady: While the budget did not provide a pay raise for teachers and state employees, what was not noted by many commentators was that the budget did include a reserve for future salary adjustments for teachers and state employees. At several points over the past few years, the State has had to add several million dollars for spiraling Medicaid costs, and the legislature again faced another ‘Medicaid surprise’ that took pay raises off the table in the first year of the two year budget. If there isn’t another surprise, House leaders have said that pay raises will be their top priority in the ‘Short Session’ next year. (Note: Since most of the criticism of the budget has focused on funding of education and since I am one of the co-chairs of the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee, I’m going to more fully discuss the funding of education in a future General Assembly Bulletin.)
Local School Teacher Pay Authorization
School Vouchers: From Friedman to the Finish Line
School Choice Scholarship Programs Would Not Violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
- Fully funds enrollment growth in K-12, community colleges and the university system.
- Adds $23.6 million to continue funding the Excellent Public Schools Act, which will strengthen student literacy, improve graduation rates and increase accountability.
- Eliminates guaranteed lifetime employment for teachers by replacing the outdated tenure system and employing teachers through contracts that are renewed based on job performance.
- Continues our commitment to implementing a pay for excellence system by including $10.2 million in the second year to fund annual pay raises for the most effective teachers.
- Implements opportunity scholarships in the second year of the biennium.
- Provides funding to implement critical school safety measures, such as resource officers, and expand the use of technology and innovation in schools.
- Eliminates the K-12 flex cut for local school districts, implemented by Democrats under former Gov. Bev Perdue, to make the education budget process fully transparent.
- Restores $33 million in recurring state funds to our community colleges.
- Funds the N.C. Back to Work program, providing nearly $5 million to allow for a more effective job placement program.
- Incorporates the administrative and operational savings, instructional efficiencies and program consolidation efforts identified by the university system in their Strategic Directions Plan.
The Impending NC Teacher Shortage
Setting the Record Straight on School Vouchers.
School Choice Scholarship Programs Would Not Violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Fact: Of the $7.2 billion state public school funds for FY10-11, all but 10.4% was used for salaries & benefits.
Fact: North Carolina ranks 11th in the Nation & 2nd in the SE for the highest % of funds from State revenue.
Fact: North Carolina has almost 100,000 teachers and almost 1.5 million students…a ratio of 1 to 15.
Fact: There are 1,786 Central Office Administrators in the state of North Carolina. Some receive packages of over $200,000/year.
Fact: the Asheville City Schools gifted its outgoing Superintendent $175,000 for quitting. That would be $875 for every teacher in the city.
Fact: #AVL City Council gave the Art Museum $2 million. That’s $1,000 more every year for every teacher in the city for the next 10 years.
Fact: Average Daily Membership in NC Schools has remained essentially flat while this year’s appropriation rose by $400 million.
According to BCS Superintendent Tony Baldwin, NO current employees are expected to lose their jobs with the education budget: