Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

3.7 billion—amount in dollars of projected state budget shortfall for 2011-2012 (North Carolina's FY 2011-12 Budget Gap, Fiscal Research Division, North Carolina General Assembly, December 7, 2010)

16.8—percentage of 2011-2012 continuation budget of projected shortfall (Ibid)

7.085 billion—amount in dollars of the state K-12 budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year (Conference Committee Report on Senate Bill 897, 2010 General Assembly session)

1.19 billion—amount in dollars of a 16.8 percent reduction in K-12 funding from 2010-2011 levels (Ibid)

1—number of times in recent news story Republican Senator-elect Bill Rabon pointed to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) as a place where lawmakers could find budget cuts instead of cutting the classroom ("Rabon looks forward to serving in Senate," Whiteville News-Reporter, November 29, 2010)

42 million—amount in dollars of state funding of the Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh (Putting the Public School Budget in Context, Department of Public Instruction, November 19, 2010)

3.658 billion—amount in dollars of state budget shortfall that would remain if state funding for DPI was eliminated and local schools lost curriculum and IT support, teacher licensing was eliminated and support for other school initiatives ended. (Ibid)

107.4 million—amount in dollars of state funding for central office personnel in local school districts (Ibid)

3.551 billion—amount in dollars of state budget shortfall that would remain if state funding for DPI was eliminated and all funding for central staff in local school districts was ended and all superintendents, associate/assistant superintendents, finance officers, curriculum experts, and others were laid off. (Ibid)

328 million-amount in dollars of state funding of principals and assistant principals (Ibid)

3.230 billion-amount in dollars of state budget shortfall that would remain if all state funding of DPI was eliminated, all local school district central staff were fired, and all principals and assistant principals were laid off (Ibid)

478 million—amount in dollars that elimination of all state funding of DPI, firing of local school district central staff and all principals and assistant principals would reduce the budget (Ibid)

541 million—amount in dollars of budget cuts that would still have to be made in education to come up with $1.19 billion or 16.8 percent (Ibid)

60—percent of state K-12 funding that is related to teacher classroom positions and salaries (Ibid)

49—ranking of North Carolina among 50 states in state and local spending on public schools central office. (U.S. Census Bureau)

38—ranking of North Carolina among 50 states in spending on administration within schools (Ibid)

45—ranking of North Carolina among 50 states in per pupil expenditures (Ibid)

43—ranking of North Carolina in per pupil spending as a share of state personal income (Ibid)