Monday education numbers

By: - May 19, 2014 6:00 am


95,000-plus—Number of public school teachers in North Carolina
$45,938—Average North Carolina teacher compensation 2011-12 (“Facts and Figures 2012-13” –
$55,418—U.S. average (ibid.)
46—North Carolina’s national ranking in teacher pay (“Smart Money: Investing in education promotes student success,” N.C. Budget and Tax Center and the Education and Law Project of the N.C. Justice Center, November 2013)
22—rank of North Carolina among the 50 states in average teacher compensation in 2003-2004 (ibid.)
15—Percentage decline of North Carolina teacher salaries (the largest of any state in the nation) when adjusting for inflation 2002-03 to 2012-13 (“Ranking of the States 2013 and Estimates of School Statistics 2014” – National Education Association)
4.1—Percentage growth in North Carolina public school enrollment from the fall of 2011 to fall of 2012 (the largest of any state in the nation) (ibid.)
2—Percentage of average teacher salary increase in Governor McCrory’s proposed FY 2015 budget proposal (or about $92 per month for an average teacher before taxes) (“McCrory’s education budget drains universities to pay K-12 teachers” – N.C. Policy Watch, May 15, 2014)
1—Percentage increase McCrory proposed last year (Numerous media reports)
0—Amount the General Assembly ultimately approved (ibid.)
$49 million—Amount Governor’s budget proposes to cut from the university system to help pay for the modest bump in K-12 salaries (“McCrory’s education budget drains universities to pay K-12 teachers” – N.C. Policy Watch, May 15, 2014)
500—Number of classes eliminated as a result of 2011 funding cuts (ibid.)
4,500—Number of jobs cut (3,000 layoffs and 1,500 vacancies not filled) as a result of the same funding cuts (ibid.)
$500 million-plus—Amount cut from university budget in past few years (“Monday numbers,” N.C. Policy Watch, March 21, 2013)
Less than 0—Percentage chance that the Governor’s budget proposal is likely to significantly boost the morale, retention rates or performance of North Carolina K-12 teachers and/or university faculty members

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