Did you know?
Public education in North Carolina is
- In the last several years, North Carolina has fallen from near the national average to 48th in the nation in per-pupil spending, ahead of only West Virginia and Mississippi.
- Textbook funding has decreased by 80% and school bus replacement has been delayed indefinitely.
- Dropout prevention programs, professional development for teachers, and mentoring programs have been eliminated.
- Thousands of teacher and teaching assistant positions have been cut, leaving remaining teachers to deal with larger classes of increasingly needy students.
- North Carolina is 46th in the nation for average teacher pay.
- When factoring inflation, teachers earn 15.7% less today than they did in 2002.
- It takes the average NC teacher with a bachelor’s degree 15 years to make $40,000 per year.
- What was once considered a national model for critical pre-kindergarten education, drastic pre-kindergaren budget cuts have resulted in 20% fewer pre-kindergarten slots than there were in 2010. As a result, thousands of at-risk students are unable to start school on a level playing field with their higher-income peers.
Rural, low-wealth areas such as Pasquotank County are among the greatest areas of impact….
- Rural areas such as northeast NC, with lower local revenue and a smaller tax pool, have far less resources to compensate for the decreased funding of education.
- 19.9% of the Elizabeth City – Pasquotank County population lives at or below the state poverty level.
- Almost 62% of our school children are enrolled in the state Free & Reduced Lunch Program.
- Because of the emphasis placed on test scores, teachers are hesitant to work in districts that face inadequate resources for their students needs.
- Many attraction incentives, such as salary supplements and enhanced teaching support, have been cut.
You Can Help!
The Education Foundation is filling the gaps in our area’s budget shortfalls. We are raising money for supplies, equipment and training for teachers. We are rewarding our area’s best teachers and providing them with professional development opportunities. We are offering individualized support for our at-risk youth through programs such as AVID. We are funding innovation in the classroom. In a nutshell, we are MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
Help us continue to invest in the educators and students in Elizabeth City – Pasquotank Schools! Click on one of options to the left to give today.