Fewer Teaching Positions
Taken as a whole, there are 915 fewer teacher positions in the public schools this year than last year. From 2010-11 to the current school year, 915 teachers and 2,125 teacher assistant positions were eliminated completely. Across all categories of positions, 4,500 public school positions have been eliminated since the current legislative budget took effect. On June 30th, NC is scheduled to lose federal funding for another 5,449 K-12 education jobs, according to the Department of Public Instruction.
There Are More Students
This school year there were 5,323 more students to teach. On June 30th, NC is scheduled to lose federal funding for another 5,449 K-12 education jobs, according to the Department of Public Instruction. We have more students to teach and less teachers to each them.
Cutting to the Bone
State per-pupil funding was cut again, dropping it to the lowest in the more than a decade and leaving NC near the bottom nationally in education funding, down with Mississippi. Education Week's annual Quality Counts report gave North Carolina an F for education funding, ranking it 44th nationally.
It's Getting Worse
The picture is about to get worse. If lawmakers don't act, school districts will have to absorb $332.6 million in cuts across the state when federal EduJobs money runs out June 30th. This will cost the state another 5,449 K-12 education jobs, according to the Department of Public Instruction. That would amount to roughly 4 percent of the funding state taxpayers put into education this year and comes on top of hundreds of millions of dollars taken out of school budgets over the last three years. http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/story/10865020/
Some Try to Hide the Truth
How does a loss of 915 teacher positions statewide magically become 2,000 teacher positions added? The answer: Republicans accounting trickery.
A video from Americans for Prosperity and Civitas called "NC Real Solutions" claims that the 2011-13 state budget managed to cut taxes for working North Carolinians, stay balanced, and add 2,000 teachers to North Carolina's public schools. The Budget and Tax Center disputes the truth of each of these claims. Read More