HOW FAR WE'VE FALLENTHE DECLINE OF NORTH CAROLINA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS

$6,793

Per-Student Investment in 2008-09

$6,317

Per-Student Investment in 2017-18

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, only six states have seen a larger drop in per-student investment than North Carolina.

WE ARE INVESTING $528 LESS PER STUDENT THIS YEAR THAN WE DID IN 2008-09, ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION

"We need to stop this bleeding NOW."
- Chris Baldwin, Macon County Superintendent

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$75.95

Textbook Funding Per Student in 2008-09

$47.10

Textbook Funding Per Student in 2017-18

In classrooms across North Carolina, students are facing a serious textbooks shortage. In many schools, there aren't enough books for students to take home for homework. This is a direct result of the cuts from General Assembly.

SINCE 2008, INVESTMENT IN TEXTBOOKS HAS FALLEN A STAGGERING 38%, ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION

Listen to what local parents and students have to say about the textbook shortage.

North Carolina's Textbook Shortage

How is a student supposed to complete their math homework without a textbook to bring home? It's simply not fair to our students when classrooms don't have the supplies they need.

While politicians in Raleigh have given billions to big corporations and the wealthy, textbook funding continues to be far less than 2008. We need better priorities and more investment in the classroom.


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"They don't have enough textbooks for the students to bring home."
- Anna Stearns, Parent of a High School student

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"A bathroom that doesn’t have toilet paper. A classroom lacking textbooks. A copy machine without paper. In some Rockingham County schools, there’s not enough money to buy these — and other things."
25th

NC Teacher Pay Ranking, 2008-09

35th

NC Teacher Pay Ranking, 2017-18

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.

AVERAGE TEACHER PAY IN NORTH CAROLINA IS MORE THAN $9,000 LESS THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE


"If you are in North Carolina, it’s not worth it to become a teacher at this point. It’s really not."
- Callie Hammond, Lee County Teacher

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After a busy day teaching school, Elyse Canon heads to the mall to work evenings and weekends.

Meet Elyse, a Pitt County high school teacher

Elyse is a high school psychology teacher in Pitt County in Eastern North Carolina. North Carolina's teaching salaries have not kept pace with inflation, so to help make ends meet, Elyse also moonlights evenings and weekends at a clothing retail store in her local shopping mall. North Carolina's classroom supply budget adjusted for inflation and enrollment growth is also down 54% since 2008. Elyse, like many NC teachers, are spending their own money to try to meet the needs of their students.


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"We're staring down what I consider to be the greatest teacher shortage in our state's history."
- Dr. Greg Little, Mt. Airy City Schools Superintendent

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High school teacher Denise Smith leaves the Macy's department store in Durham after another 16-hour day teaching and working in retail.

Meet Denise, a Chatham County high school teacher

When we caught up with Denise before Christmas in 2015, she was commuting 50 minutes after school to work retail at Macy's department store at night. She had a simple message for then-Governor Pat McCrory - teachers don't fee appreciated. Today, North Carolina has a new governor, but the legislature's budget (when adjusted for inflation) would still pay teachers less than they were paid in 2008-09. Denise is still teaching, but she's also still working at Macy's.


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22,502

State-Funded TA Positions, 2008-09

15,720

State-Funded TA Positions, 2017-18

There are 6,782 fewer state-funded teaching assistant positions in North Carolina than we had in 2008-09. And in recent years, politicians have proposed even more dramatic cuts, including one proposal in 2015 that would eliminate more than half of all state-funded TAs and would be the largest layoff in state history.


"WE CANNOT LOSE ANY MORE ASSISTANTS. Our school is down to the bare bones as it is, and they do so much for our students."
- Christi Davis, Cumberland County Teacher

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Compilation of events featuring teachers and TAs speaking out

New Budget, Same Tired Story

In what has become an unfortunate ritual in Raleigh, TAs are once again fighting for their jobs in the face of massive cuts to public education.

Here's just a sample of some of the teachers, TAs and parents who are out there fighting to ensure our students have the classroom help they need.


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$65.98

Classroom materials funding per student, 2008-09

$30.55

Classroom materials funding per student, 2017-18

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."

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Compilation of events featuring teachers and TAs speaking out

New Budget, Same Tired Story

In what has become an unfortunate ritual in Raleigh, TAs are once again fighting for their jobs in the face of massive cuts to public education.

Here's just a sample of some of the teachers, TAs and parents who are out there fighting to ensure our students have the classroom help they need.


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"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