NC budget: Positive short-term, threatening long-term

RALEIGH (June 22, 2017) – At first glance, the budget compromise unveiled this week by legislative leaders seems encouraging. It would grant K-12 public school teachers an average raise of 3.3% this year and 9.6% over two years.  It would give significant raises to K-12 principals, a priority of the group BEST NC. It would… READ MORE

ROSS: Politicians pick their voters

WINSTON-SALEM (May 22, 2017) – On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down North Carolina’s congressional districts as unconstitutional, former UNC President Tom Ross laid out a simple way to make drawing state and national districts less partisan. “(It’s) very closely tied to the future of higher education, because it’s very closely tied… READ MORE

NC’s disinvestment: More tuition, more debt, fewer teachers

RALEIGH – Continuing our look at North Carolina’s disinvestment in public education, a shortfall in state support has meant higher tuition and more debt for university students and fewer teachers for students in our K-12 public schools. Though higher education is a public good that benefits us all – and our state constitution requires legislators… READ MORE

A long-term slide in NC education spending

RALEIGH – Since the mid-2000s, North Carolina has seen a general decline in expenditures per student in our K-12 public schools, community colleges and public universities. Likewise – despite a modest bump the past few years – the state’s rank in average K-12 teacher salaries has declined since 2000. Figures on average teacher salaries released… READ MORE

A challenge to legislators

RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed state budget for 2017-19 asks lawmakers to choose education over the tax cuts they’ve favored in recent years. “We have a world-class University System, a culture of innovation and creativity, and an abundance of natural beauty,” Cooper said in a letter presenting his budget to legislators.  “However, over the past… READ MORE

Duke President: “We need … a great public university system”

DURHAM – Duke likes UNC? Yes, Duke University President Richard Brodhead says in the accompanying video.  It might not be evident from sports rivalries, but Duke supports and enjoys a collegial relationship with its neighbors from the University of North Carolina System. “We, like everybody else in the state, need and absolutely require a great… READ MORE