“The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” - Malcolm Forbes
U.S. Average District Public School Per-Pupil Expenditure: $12,020
North Carolina Public Education National Rankings
42nd Teacher pay
47th Funding per pupil
50th Overall ranking
48th Change in teacher salaries between 2003-04 & 2013-14
Key North Carolina Public Education Issues
Teacher Pay, Turnover, and Teacher Assistants
- In the decade from 2001-2 to 2011-12, North Carolina teachers witnessed a 15% average salary decline. NC pays its teachers $10,000 less than the national average.
- In 2014-2015, largely due to loss of salary and benefits, 14,255 teachers opted to leave their current positions, a five-year high in NC teacher turnover.
- High turnover results in fewer mentors for starting teachers and more students in classrooms with less-experienced educators.
- Fewer teacher assistants translates to less individualized attention for students.
Public School Funding
- Inflation adjusted per-pupil spending for NC public schools is well below 2008 levels. 
- Public schools are left with more students, fewer experienced teachers, and fewer teacher assistants.
- Moving funds from public to private/parochial/charter schools wastes resources on unproven, often experimental private schools and leaves public schools without the resources to make them successful.
- When state legislators want to make cuts, there are two big targets: education (about one-third of budget) and health and human services (more than one-third of budget).
- In 2013, Education Week labeled the NC legislature, “The Most Backward Legislature in America.”
Charter Schools and Vouchers
- Unlike NC public schools, private/charter schools are not accountable to most standards.
- Vouchers and state support for charter schools drain resources from already underfunded public schools, which have 150,000 more students than ten years ago.
- Student achievement does not improve in charter schools. In states where charter school performance is tracked, public school students outperform voucher students.
- The state’s voucher program violates the North Carolina Constitution. It states, “The General Assembly shall provide by taxation and otherwise for a general and uniform system of free public schools … wherein equal opportunities shall be provided for all students.” Vouchers to private/parochial/charter/for-profit schools also violates Article V, Section 2(1), which requires that "the power of taxation shall be exercised … for public purposes only."
What Can You Do?
VOTE to support public education.
 http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d14/tables/dt14_203.20.asp www.educationjustice.org/newsletters/nlej_iss21_art5_detail_CharterSchoolAchievement.htm