[NOTE: The following article originally appeared on the blog of the Durham Association of Educators. Click HERE to read it and view the photographs.]
Well team, the good news is that it’s looking like North Carolina’s schools are going to have a budget next year. The bad news is everything about the budget. So far today, I’ve read articles that tout the increase in school spending, the notion that Teaching Assistants were “saved”, and the fiction that educators are getting raises.
Let’s please pause for a second.
North Carolina’s per-pupil-expenditure is lower now than it was in 2008, and it is currently 46th in the country. A higher overall budget means very little if you account for inflation and point towards an ever-increasing student population. Politicians can work numbers however they want, but those of us in schools know that we have less to work with than we ever have.