During the 2015 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly, lawmakers will create a state budget to support public schools, as well as many other government functions, for the next two years.
The decisions legislators will make this session will be critical to the future of our students and the state, particularly since public schools currently face the following budget challenges:
- There are fewer adults in North Carolina's public schools than there were seven years ago, yet we have 43,000 more students.
- The amount of textbook funding per student has gone from $68 per student in 2008-09 to about $15 per student in 2014-15. That is a 78% reduction.
- Dollars for instructional supplies have been reduced from $59 per student in 2008-09 to about $28 per student in 2014-15.
Given these and other significant issues, it's essential for educators, parents and community members to stay current on the latest budget news from Raleigh. This website will house resources and information related to the Public Schools' budget. Please visit often as materials will be added periodically.
Graduating students who are prepared for college and career ready is critical to protecting and securing North Carolina's economic future. Public schools can produce a workforce to sustain the state, but first we need the state to sustain our public schools. Stay informed. Stay involved. It's critical that we invest in the future and fund our public schools.