Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

2,000—number of teachers that Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger claims the Republican budget added to classrooms this year (Excellent Public Schools Act: Students First in North Carolina, Senator Phil Berger)

93,964—total number of teaching positions in the budget passed by the General Assembly last summer for the 2011-2012 school year (Statistical Profile, Public Schools of North Carolina, 2011-2012 School Year)

94,879—total number of teaching positions funded in the 2010-2011 school year (Statistical Profile, Public Schools of North Carolina, 2010-2011 School Year)

915—total number of teachers actually CUT from schools by the budget passed by the General Assembly in the 2011 session (Ibid)

2,915—minimum number by which Sen. Berger’s claim about teaching positions overstates the number of teachers in classrooms this year (Ibid)

24,264—total number of teacher assistants in the budget passed by the General Assembly last summer for the 2011-2012 school year (Ibid)

26,306—total number of teacher assistants positions funded in the 2010-2011 school year (Ibid)

2,042—total number of teacher assistants CUT from the schools by the budget passed by the General Assembly in 2011 (Ibid)

4,840—total number of overall school personnel cut from the schools by the budget passed by the General Assembly in 2011 (Ibid)

19,215—minimum number of students, based on class size, who are directly impacted by cuts to classroom personnel in 2011-2012 budget (“Just the Facts, Real Solutions Require Real Facts”, N.C. Budget & Tax Center)

255 million—amount in dollars of federal funding for education that will disappear after the current school year unless replaced by the General Assembly in the 2012-2013 budget (“Time to Step Up, With federal Recovery Funds Gone, State Lawmakers Just Recommit to Funding Public Education with General Fund Appropriations,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center—forthcoming)

5,000—number of teaching positions that are supported by the federal funding that will be lost unless General Assembly increases General Fund spending for education in 2012-2013 budget to maintain the positions (Ibid)

15—percent of North Carolina likely voters who approve of the job the Republican-led General Assembly is doing (Public Policy Polling, March 16, 2012)

55—percent of North Carolina likely voters who disapprove of the job the Republican-led General Assembly is doing (Ibid)

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