Here’s Some Highlights from the NC Senate Republican’s Education Budget

The Senate released its recommended budget for the next two years. Spending for public education, K-12, community colleges and the UNC System, comprise the largest area of spending.  So what is the Senate recommending in terms of education spending?  Here’s a quick overview:

The Senate Budget (budget bill and committee report) adds over three-quarters of a billion ($778 million) in new education spending over the next two years. The majority of that increase ($617 million) is for K-12 public education. Most of those funds are designated for pay raises, benefit obligations and to cover enrollment growth.  Total K-12 education spending now exceeds $9 billion.

The Senate Budget also adds $100 million in new funding to the UNC System budget, an increase of 3.5 percent over two years, and an additional $62 million in new spending to the Community College System budget, a 5.8 percent increase over two years.

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Major Education Budget Initiatives include:

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K-12 Public Schools

  • Teacher Pay: $130 million in raises for 17-18 (for an average raise of 3.7%); $360 million in 18-19 Budget
  • Bonuses: $14.9 million in 2018-19 for third grade reading teachers
  • LEA Pay Raises: $48 million each of next two years
  • Administrator Pay raises: $28 million in 17-18 and $33 million in 18-19 budget
  • Enrollment Growth: $32 million to cover enrollment growth
  • Textbooks: $10 million in both years of the biennium for textbooks and digital materials
  • DPI: Reduces DPI budget by $13.1 million (25 percent) in each of the next two years
  • Governor’s School: Eliminates $800,000 in General funding for the controversial Governor’s School
  • SBE: Reduces $513,000 in funding for the State Board of Education
  • Teaching Fellows: $4.5 million in funding from NE Education Endowment to reinstate abolished program

Community Colleges

  • Salary Increases: $17.5 million in each of the next two years for 1.5 percent salary increase
  • Enrollment Growth: $4.9 million to fund enrollment growth

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(Source: https://www.nccivitas.org/2017/highlights-senate-education-budget/)

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