Teacher Compensation

  • The average North Carolina teacher is paid $10,079 less than the national average.
  • The average salary for classroom teachers in NC is $6,200 less than the living wage for a family of one adult and two children.
  • North Carolina ranks 41st nationally in Teacher Pay.
  • Veteran teachers are let out of pay raises as educators with more than 25 years of experience are capped at $51,000 a year.
  • The number of teachers who left North Carolina to teach in another state has more than tripled since the 2010-11 school year.
  • In 2015, North Carolina ranked 50th in a list of “Best and Worst States for Teachers.”

Education Funding

  • Adjusted for inflation, school funding has been reduced by over $1 billion since 2009.
  • North Carolina is ranked 44th in per-pupil spending, $2,724 behind the national average.
  • Per-pupil spending is still below pre-recession levels.
  • Schools are facing a textbook shortage.
  • North Carolina has fewer teachers and more students, yet lawmakers have not taken steps to increase in funding and resources.
  • Teachers are forced to compensate for their lack of resources by spending an average of $500 out-of-pocket each year for school supplies.
  • The burden of providing school supplies also falls on families who were expected to spend over $600 on back-to-school supplies for the 2015-16 school year.

 Tax Breaks Are the Culprit

  • Billions of dollars that should have been spent on education have gone towards tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.
  • Tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations were given at the expense of lower and middle class taxpayers and significantly reduced the state’s revenue.
  • The corporate income tax rate has been significantly lowered since 2013 and is projected to go down to 3% in 2016.
  • In 2014, lawmakers eliminated back-to-school sales tax holidays that previously offered reprieve for educators and families purchasing supplies.

Students Are Paying the Price

  • Only 40% of North Carolina students are considered proficient for their grade level and only 1/3 are on track for college and career readiness.
  • While lawmakers tout North Carolina’s increased high school graduation rate, the drop out rate is up by 7.6%, the first increase in 8 years.
  • In 2015, the passing rate for most End-of-Grade reading tests slipped.