Charter school advocates were at the General Assembly today lobbying hard for the House to take up House Bill 539 tomorrow, which would only take a one-day concurrence vote before heading to the governor. This bill is bad news for public schools and can be devastating for students.
The bill forces local school districts to share program-specific funding with charter schools, even if charters don't offer the service. At the same time, it allows charter schools to keep every cent of their own program-specific money.
House Bill 539 would destroy the balance in public school funding at the expense of traditional public school students.
Call or e-mail your legislator and let him/her know to OPPOSE HB539.
Jamestown, N.C. – On a visit to his high school alma mater, Governor Pat McCrory announced his proposal to increase average teacher pay in North Carolina to more than $50,000 for the first time in state history by providing an average 5 percent pay increase. Governor McCrory revealed that his budget will build on the substantial investments the state has made in teachers since 2013 to recruit and retain the best and the brightest educators to prepare our students for a successful future. The governor was joined by high school teachers, students, principals, university chancellors and community college presidents at today’s announcement.
- Increases average teacher pay in North Carolina to more than $50,000 for the first time in state history by providing an average 5 percent pay increase.
- Provides an average 3.5 percent bonus for teachers and principals with a greater share going to veteran teachers. This will equate to a $5,000 bonus for our veteran teachers with more than 24 years of service.
- Establishes a scholarship program by investing $2 million to attract new, highly qualified math and science teachers.
- The program will support scholarships for 300 students to attend in-state universities, earn degrees in education and teach math and science in the state’s public schools.
- Builds on the more than $130 million we have committed to classroom connectivity positioning North Carolina as one of the first states in the nation to connect all classrooms to robust Wi-Fi by 2018.
- Provides $29 million to empower schools to trade textbooks for tablets so students can learn anytime, anywhere using the latest information available.
- Expands funding by more than $5 million for education scholarships for students with disabilities, allowing parents to choose the best education setting for their children. Parents can choose to use scholarship funding for private school tuition, therapy, necessary adaptive educational equipment and resources.
- Currently, North Carolina has far too many special needs children on a waitlist to receive this extra help. The governor’s budget will increase funding to serve more than 300 additional students.
- Invests $26 million in proven student success strategies at our 58 community colleges so more students graduate with a certificate or degree.
- Upgrades equipment at our community colleges needed to train students with the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce.
- Allocates $25 million to support the implementation of the Connect NC initiative, which will provide $980 million for state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and math facilities on public university campuses across the state.
- North Carolina spends a greater percentage of tax revenues on higher education than any other state. We will further expand access to an affordable university education by supporting the opportunity for an additional 3,100 students to attend our universities at an average state tuition subsidy of more than $10,000 annually.
- Invests $5 million to establish a new competitive merit scholarship program for students pursuing science, math, engineering and health degrees at our universities to help fill the shortage of skilled workers in these fields.