New Year’s numbers (a look back at 2017)

By: - January 1, 2018 1:00 am

(This edition of Monday numbers is a final look at 2017 and includes at least one number from each month of Monday numbers in the past year.)

1,000—number of people who showed up at RDU Airport January 29, 2017 to protest Trump’s executive order banning entry into the United State for refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries (Monday number from 1/30/2017)

61—percent of drug overdose deaths in 2014 from opioid use (“ACA Repeal Would Jeopardize Treatment for Millions with Substance Use Disorders, Including Opioid Addiction, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, February 9, 2017)

14.5—percentage increase in North Carolina in drug overdose deaths from 2014 to 2015 (Drug Overdose Death Data, Center for Disease Control and Prevention) (Monday numbers 2/13/2017)

23,000—amount in dollars minimum annual cost at the time to North Carolina Department of Correction of incarcerating drug offender (Monday numbers 2/27/2017)

75—percent of drug court graduates who had not committed another offense two years after completing program (Ibid)

1,112—number of students for every school nurse in North Carolina (2017 North Carolina Child Health Report Card, N.C. Child and N.C. Institute of Medicine)

750—number of recommended students per school nurse ratio to adequately meet the health needs of students (Monday numbers 3/20/2017)

3,000—minimum number of K-3 teachers that school districts will have find to comply with the General Assembly’s unfunded class size reduction mandate adopted last year for the 2017-2018 school year (“Class-Size Chaos: Districts are scrambling to meet new requirements by initiating layoffs and eliminating enhancement teachers, N.C. Justice Center, April 2017)

338 million—amount in dollars of the possible total costs of the unfunded mandate for local systems in new class size requirements (Monday numbers 4/24/2017)

22.5 million—number of workers in the U.S. who would directly benefit from an increase in the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 (“Raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 would lift wages for 41 million American workers, Economic Policy Institute, April 26, 2017)

1.7 million—number of North Carolina workers who would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 (Monday numbers 5/1/2017)

18—percentage of people in North Carolina who receive health care coverage from Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (Medicaid in North Carolina, Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2017)

35—rank of North Carolina among the 50 states in Medicaid spending per enrollee (Monday numbers 6/26/2017)

2,466—amount in dollars that per-student state funding in the UNC system is less than the funding level in 2008 when adjusted for inflation (“Funding Down, Tuition Up: State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Quality and Affordability at Public Colleges, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, August 15, 2016)

2,051—amount in dollars of average tuition increase for campuses in the UNC system since 2008 (Monday numbers 8/7/2017)

165—number of public schools that received a grade of A or A+ng on the A-F grading system for the 2016-2017 school year (2016–17 Performance and Growth of North Carolina Public Schools, N.C. Department of Public Instruction, September 7, 2017)

85—number of public schools that received a grade of F on the A-F grading system for the 2016-2017 school year (Monday numbers 9/11/2017)

265 million—number of guns owned by Americans in 2015 (“Gun inequality: US study charts rise of hardcore super owners. The Guardian, September 29, 2016)

70—increase in the total number of guns owned by Americans since 1994 (Ibid)

400,000—number of guns stolen each year in the United States (Monday numbers 10/9/2017)

13—percentage of households in the U.S. that were food insecure on average from 2014-2016. Meaning they were without reliable to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service)

41 million—number who live in households that are food insecure (Monday numbers 11/20/2017)

2.8 billion – The budget for the UNC system approved this year by state legislators. (Monday numbers 12/18/2017)

2.6 billion – The budget for the UNC system approved a decade ago.

20 percent – The increase in tuition and fees seen by in-state UNC system students between 2011-2016.

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