I wanted to take time to show how education spending has risen over the last four years, both in North Carolina and Harnett County. I would also note that the North Carolina General Assembly has fully funded enrollment growth and raises for beginning teachers at $35,000 as promised.
Education is a fundamental necessity to developing individual potential. It is a core goal of mine to ensure education policy and spending is directed at the children across this state. All children learn at different speeds and in different settings, so learning should be more about what is best for the child than what is best for the system. I believe that teachers need to be free to teach their students without excessive, burdensome paperwork and needless regulations. We must support policies that help children learn the skills that will propel them far in life.
Also, please note that the State of North Carolina consistently ranks near the top ten among the 50 states when it comes to the percentage of revenue generated for public K-12 schools from state government. In 2011-12 North Carolina ranked 11th and in 2012-13 we ranked 9th in the nation. In other words, not only is our state spending more money on public schools, but we are also investing more as a percentage than other states, as witnessed by our climb from 11th to 9th in the rankings. Please feel free to check out pages 41 and 42 of the Rankings of the States 2013 and Estimates of School Statistics 2014 from the National Education Association.