Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

10—number of years since Florida adopted the education reforms on which Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s education reform plan is based  (“Don’t implement reforms based on a struggling model,”  Education & Law Project, N.C. Justice Center, June 5, 2012)

240—average national score in 2011 of 4th grade public school students on National Assessment of Educational Progress math test (National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Education Progress)

240—average score in 2011 of Florida 4th grade public school students on National Assessment of Educational Progress math test (Ibid)

245—average score in 2011 of North Carolina 4th grade public school students on National Assessment of Educational Progress math test (Ibid)

226—average score in 2011 of African-American 4th graders in Florida on National Assessment of Educational Progress math test in 2011 (Ibid)

229—average score in 2011 of African-American 4th graders in North Carolina on National Assessment of Educational Progress math test (Ibid)

225—average score in 2011 of Florida 4th grade public school students on National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test (Ibid)

221—average school in 2011 North Carolina 4th grade public school students on National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test (Ibid)

262—average score in 2011 of Florida 8th grade public schools students on National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test (Ibid)

263—average score in 2011 of North Carolina 8th grade public school students on National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test (Ibid)

278—average score in 2011 of Florida 8th grade public school students on National Assessment of Educational Progress math test (Ibid)

286—average score in 2011 of North Carolina 8th grade public school students on National Assessment of Educational Progress math test (Ibid)

7—number out of 8 categories of national tests of 4th and 8th graders that North Carolina students performed better than students in Florida (Ibid)

7.92 billion—amount in dollars needed in 2011-2012 to continue services in K-12 public schools at previous year’s level (House budget analysis, Office of Governor Beverly Perdue)

7.46 billion—amount in dollars of funding for public schools in the 2011-2012 budget passed by the General Assembly last summer (Ibid)

459 million—amount in dollars of budget cuts to K-12 public schools in the 2011-2012 budget (Ibid)

7.72 billion—amount in dollars of funding for public schools in 2011-2012 thanks to use of federal Edujobs money from federal recovery legislation (Ibid)

7.69 billion—amount in dollars of funding for public schools proposed for 2012-2013 in House budget after federal money has ended (Ibid)

7.47 billion—amount in dollars of funding for public schools proposed for 2012-2013 in Senate budget after federal money has ended (Proposed Committee Substitute for House Bill 950)

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