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NEWS RELEASES 2000-01

NEWS RELEASES 2000-01 :: BUDGET CHART

1998-2000 BIENNIAL REPORT REACHING FOR THE GOAL: FIRST IN AMERICA

State Public School Fund Expansion Budget Request

State Board of Education members reaffirmed their commitment to the ABCs of Public Education by supporting a 2001 expansion budget focused on the strategic priority areas defined in the ABCs Plus initiative. The Board's expansion budget request to Gov. Jim Hunt totals $474.6 million for 2001 and $470.6 million for 2002.

Funding requests are identified by the Board's five strategic priority areas: High Student Performance; Safe, Orderly, and Caring Schools; Strong Family, Community, and Business Support; Quality Teachers, Administrators, and Staff; and Effective and Efficient Operations. Eleven expansion initiatives, including continued support for the Excellent Schools Act, have been developed to help achieve these five priorities.

The budget request for the 2001-2003 biennium reflects the most important needs of North Carolina's public schools and the education priorities of its citizens. Approval of these funding requests will give North Carolina important and necessary resources to continue the momentum for school improvement in coming years.

HIGH STUDENT PERFORMANCE2001-20022002-2003
Improving Student Accountability:
Closing the Achievement Gap

improve performance for all students not performing at grade level, reduce student/staff ratios in elementary grades, maintain assistance team funding, support foreign language immersion pilot programs, provide Technology Facilitators for low-performing schools
$147,370,879 $147,370,879
Ready for School
Ready for School Inventory for primary and elementary schools, K-2 staff development, upgrade kindergarten classroom equipment and supplies, continue kindergarten breakfast funds
$26,500,000 $25,500,000
School Technology
provide a Technology Facilitator for all schools with an 8th grade in 2001-02 (aligns with computer skills testing requirements)
$28,743,925 $28,743,925
Special Populations
improve the quality of education for children with special needs, including those with limited English skills and gifted students, implement Occupational Course of Study
$139,700,695 $139,700,695
Academic Content Standards and Assessments
provide a testing coordinator at each LEA, revise curriculum content standards and corresponding assessments, develops new assessments, provide Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test funds to students
$23,480,697 $20,364,162
SAFE, ORDERLY, AND CARING SCHOOLS2001-20022002-2003
At-Risk Student Services/Alternative Schools
expand alternative school programs, increase school resource officers and other support personnel, add counselor services and counselor office support for middle and high schools
$63,709,200 $63,709,200
STRONG FAMILY, COMMUNITY, & BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS2001-20022002-2003
Community Support for Students
coordinate efforts of the schools, parents, and communities to increase involvement to improve student achievement through training, model programs, and better communication
$8,096,753 $8,165,001
QUALITY TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATION, AND STAFF 2001-20022002-2003
Excellent Schools Act
continue support of the Excellent Schools Act to maintain teacher salaries at the national average, provide additional months of employment for assistant principals
$9,650,000 $9,650,000
Professional Development
increase staff development funds for LEAs, provide mentors and stipends, Quality Teacher Task Force, Tuition-to-Teach scholarships, professional development package to increase student achievement
$27,574,204 $27,574,204
Teacher Retention and Recruitment
develop and implement initiatives for the retention and recruitment of quality teachers
$5,342,500 $5,342,500
EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT OPERATIONS2001-20022002-2003
Grants
Provide a grant-writing consultant for each region
$280,000 $280,000
Total State Public School Fund Expansion Request $480,448,853 $476,400,566

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


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