NC Governor's Call On K-12 Spending Surprises Some

Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to increase per-pupil spending in public schools even though North Carolina faces a projected $3 billion budget gap for next year.

She gave few details during her State of the State speech Monday, and some legislators suggest it could require tax increases or deep cuts elsewhere. But a combination of federal stimulus cash and a one-year quirk in the state kindergarten cut-off date could make the pronouncement doable.

Perdue's office said Tuesday it would provide more information when her budget proposal is released next week.

She has access to at least $1.4 billion in federal stimulus funds for public education. Plus, school enrollment is expected to drop under a state law that moves up the birthday cut-off for incoming kindergartners. Perdue also reduced some public school spending this year.


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  • by Teacher2 Location: Rocky Mount on Mar 12, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    Mr. T: Irrelevant question. Considering computer ITs in their first year with 4-year degrees can make twice as much as first-year teachers in NC, I think it's fair to say that starting a teacher at $30k isn't exactly going to draw the best and the brightest into teaching our children. You want quality education for your children but consistently put teachers at the lowest ranks of degreed professionals. Given a choice in this day and age to get a degree in computer networking/IT or education, many college students choose the former because the end result is higher pay. You can't put the best people in the classroom because the best people want to actually make money. It's taken me 15 years to earn the national average of $44k/yr, and I STILL have to have a second job to get by - without all the trinkets you said teachers have. Finally, your last point about the first teacher is just patently ridiculous. Who taught the first doctor? Or lawyer? Or any other professional? Don't be silly.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 11, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    Teacher, is that average salary on CareerBuilder.com the average in N.C. or is it Nationwide? That would make a lot of difference, because the cost of living here is not as high a some other areas.Oh, and one more thing, how did the first teacher get his 4 year degree and teaching certification?If he was the first teacher, then there would not have been any teachers to teach him. Get the point?
  • by Teacher2 Location: Rocky Mount on Mar 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    MrT: where are these teachers you speak of who drive Beemers and Benzes? I'm a 15-year veteran of the NC public school system, and I spend a good deal of time hoping that my '97 Mitsubishi with nearly 200K miles doesn't die. I live in a modest house that cost <$100K and don't have a boat, beach house, or any other little luxury items to speak of. Yet I too work a second job during the school year and work during the summer to make ends meet. Maybe we should consider the average starting income of a 4-year degree (approx. $44K according to CareerBuilder.com) and compare it to the starting salary of a teacher in NC: $30,430. Not exactly BMW-worthy income there. Perhaps it's worth remembering that without teachers, there are no doctors, lawyers, dentists, CPAs, nurses, engineers, CEOs, scientists, veterinarians, etc, etc, etc. Get the point yet?
  • by Jim Location: Raleigh on Mar 11, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    The answer is very easy, take all the excess revenue generated by the GTP and send it to the school system. Oh, there is none and has not been any for 25 years. My mistake.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 11, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    Robert, she does take NC as a bunch of idiots since she was elected by them. As long as Charlotte and Raleigh keep importing northern liberals, we will be run by who they vote for. Remember, they want NC to be like the place they came from. They forgot what attracted them to this state and how they can influence politics. Most of NC is democrat Conservative. Thats right, registered democrat but vote conservative. The exceptions are the cities mentioned.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Mar 11, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    To Robert H. Wouldn't she already know that we are idiots. After all she got elected. Now all we need to do is get our per pupol cost up to $14k (like DC) and see if that will make our schools as good as theirs. Yeah, right.
  • by General Zod Location: Bell Arthur on Mar 11, 2009 at 04:31 AM
    Hey Bev are you going to use the lottery money that you stole from the schools. You will Kneel before Zod!!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2009 at 03:42 AM
    To Teacher: Don't worry I read a proposed bill on the General Assembly's website to use taxes from State ABC stores to fund a 93 million dollar pay raise for teachers and ONLY for teachers. The rest of us State employees understand the budget concerns and aren't expecting a raise this year, but as long as we can keep the average Teacher salary at or above $43,211 (source: USA Today) the rest of us will gladly suffer to keep you from selling Avon on the side.
  • by Robert Howell Location: Hubert on Mar 10, 2009 at 08:49 PM
    Is anyone going to ask the obvious question of Gov. Bev Perdue? How is it that last week she takes $50 million from the NC education lottery money that was intended for education and puts it in the state general fund, THEN turns around today makes a statement that she wants to spend more on education!? She must think that the people of NC are idiots and incapable of figuring out what she has just done! So what is it Governor? Why would you take money from NC education lottery then say you want to increase spending on education? She took $50 million but I bet she doesn't spend $2 million on her new plan. She states that the federal stimulus money and delaying kids starting school for a year is enough. So maybe she won't even have to touch the money she took from schools !! It sure didn't take long for her true colors to come shinning through!
  • by Buzz Location: Mill Creek on Mar 10, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    Uh-oh do I hear (read) 2nd thoughts from people that thought MyHomeGurl Bev was going to help them out! Oh if you could only hear me laffing, Bah-hah!!!! Buzz-
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