Quality Public Education

North Carolina should offer high quality public education to all children — that sentiment represents the common ground. Yet, support for public education in North Carolina has failed to match pre-recession levels of funding. Per student spending and teacher pay fall below pre-recession levels when accounting for inflation, and funding for classroom supplies, textbooks and teacher assistants have been cut dramatically. North Carolina also falls behind in comparisons with other states. The Tar Heel State ranks 39th in per pupil spending over $2,400 below the national average and our teacher salaries rank 37th, $9,600 less than the national average. As a result, North Carolina students aren’t getting the support they need to reach their potential. (NEA Rankings & Estimates, 2016-2017; 2017-18)

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