The State of Public Education in NC: What you should know
The state of public education in North Carolina has yet to improve following rollbacks caused by the recession of 2008. Since coming to power in 2010, Republicans have made policy changes that have further eroded North Carolina’s public education system:
Teacher pay in North Carolina has not increased in any meaningful way over the past several years.
- As of 2018, North Carolina’s teachers have an average salary $9,600 less than the national average.
- This puts North Carolina at 37th in the nation for average teacher pay—16 spots lower than the 2001-2002 school year.
Per pupil spending has remained consistently low while Republicans in the General Assembly have prioritized tax cuts for corporations.
- According to an annual report released by the National Education Association, North Carolina ranks 39th in the nation in per-pupil spending this year
- North Carolina now spends around $2,400 less per-pupil than the national average per-pupil
Cuts to school supplies are passed on to teachers and parents:
- Teachers spend between $500 and $1,000 out-of-pocket on classroom supplies,
- The average family with elementary-age children pays $650 per child on school supplies.
- The average family with middle schoolers spend $1,000 per child on school supplies.
- The average family with high school students spends $1,500 per child.
In North Carolina, the achievement gap between wealthy and low-income students widened more than any other state between 2011 and 2014.
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