Are North Carolina Teachers Leaving For Better Pay In Other States?
Published: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 @ 2:49 pm
By: Chris Downey ( More Entries )
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"Democrats like Roy Cooper and the rest of the 'sky-is-falling' crowd on the left are once again peddling false information and statistics in an attempt to mislead North Carolinians on education and teacher pay. While they say that teachers are leaving NC, the fact is that North Carolina is attracting more teachers to the state and our teacher retention rate is at or better than the national average because of better pay and an improved education system."
— Hasan Harnett, NCGOP Chairman
Claim: There Is An "Exodus" Of North Carolina Teachers Leaving For Better Pay In Other States
Fact: More teachers are moving to NC to teach than are leaving to teach in other states
Fact: North Carolina's teacher retention rate is at or better than the national average
Fact: Average teacher pay in North Carolina slipped under Democratic Governors Easley and Perdue, and declined more than any other state.
Fact: Under Governor McCrory, North Carolina gave teachers the biggest pay raise in the country
Fact: Under Governor McCrory, average teacher pay increased to $47,800, higher than the North Carolina's median household income.
Fact: Under previous governors, education spending was cut by about $1 billion between 2008-11 (Department of Public Instruction)
Fact: Under Governor McCrory, K-12 funding has increased 12% from 2012-13 to 2015-16 (Office of State Budget and Management)
Fact: Governor McCrory increased state per pupil spending on education.
(Blog: Dr. Terry Stoops, "DPI examines state funding trends," The Locker Room, 9/29/2015)
Fact: North Carolina ranks #9 in the nation for state level funding of education.
Fact: Governor McCrory's budget doubled funding for textbooks to $52.4 million in FY15-16 ("Appropriations Act of 2015," House Bill 97, North Carolina General Assembly)
Fact: North Carolina 's high school graduation rate reached the highest in state history at 85.4% (North Carolina Department of Public Instruction)