McCrory budget proposal is too little, too late for NC teachers

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Election-year budget charade fails to undo the damage McCrory and allies have already done to public schools

RALEIGH -- If Gov. McCrory thought his new budget proposal would help save his sinking re-election chances, he may be in for some disappointment. This isn’t the first time Gov. McCrory has made big election-year promises to North Carolina teachers, but the devil is always in the details -- and this latest budget charade does nothing to reverse the long-term cuts to our public schools.

When you compare Gov. McCrory’s proposed budget with education funding before the Great Recession began in 2008, North Carolina would still be spending $588 less per student under Gov. McCrory’s proposal. Textbook funding under Gov. McCrory’s latest proposal would still be $60 million less than before the recession, and funding for teacher assistants would be nearly $200 million less than pre-recession levels.

Line Item

2008-09 Budget (Inflation adjusted)

2016-17 McCrory Proposal

Per-Student Spending

$6,135

$5,806
(-$588)

Textbook Funding

$123M

$62.4M
(-$60.6M)

Teacher Assistant Funding

$574M

$377.1M
(-$196.9M)

Teacher Pay Rank

25th

42nd
(-17)

Number of Students

1.47M

1.54M
(+70K)

“Gov. McCrory’s latest budget charade is simply too little, too late for North Carolina teachers,” said Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC Action. “Despite the governor’s big promises, this proposal utterly fails to undo the damage lawmakers have already done to public education. North Carolina teachers are tired of being treated like election-year pawns by politicians who only seem to care about public schools when their own necks are on the line.”

So what else can we expect from Gov. McCrory’s budget proposal?

“Gov. McCrory's budget proposal continues to show his misplaced priorities of tax cuts for corporations and people at the top, but long-term cuts to public schools and our children,” added Brenner. “The governor keeps making claims about a so-called ‘Carolina Comeback,’ but when is the funding for textbooks and teacher assistants coming back? Where is a long-term plan to raise teacher pay to the national average and stop the exodus of qualified, experienced teachers from our state? North Carolina teachers and students deserve better."

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