Per-Student Investment in 2008-09
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
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"We need to stop this bleeding NOW."
- Chris Baldwin, Macon County Superintendent
Textbook Funding Per Student in 2008-09
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.