Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

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(The source for all the items in this edition of Monday numbers is “Smart Money: Investing in education promotes student success,” N.C. Budget and Tax Center and the Education and Law Project of the N.C. Justice Center, November 2013)

5,211—amount in dollars of state K-12 education spending per student in the 2013-2014 budget approved by the General Assembly

5,864—amount in dollars of state K-12 education spending per student in the 2007-2008 budget when adjusted for inflation

653—amount in dollars less that the budget passed this summer and signed by Governor Pat McCrory spends per student on K-12 education than the 2007-2008 budget adjusted for inflation

56—percentage of students in North Carolina public schools in 2013-2014 school year from families with income levels that qualify for free or reduced lunch

48—percentage of students in North Carolina public schools in 2007-2008 school year that came from families with income levels that qualify for free or reduced lunch

9—amount in dollars that economists say the state saves for every dollar it invests in NC PreK

27,500—number of slots for at-risk four-year-olds in NC PreK funded in the 2013-2014 budget

34,876—number of slots for at-risk four-year-olds in NC PreK funded in the 2008-2009 budget

15—percent reduction in the black-white student achievement gap after multi-year class size reduction initiative in Tennessee

286.4 million—amount in dollars of the reduction in funding for classroom teachers in 2013-2014 North Carolina budget by increasing student to teacher ratios

20—percentage of reduction in the number of teacher assistants funded in the 2013-2014 budget

68—amount in dollars of state funding per student for textbooks in 2007-2008

15—amount in dollars of state funding per student for textbooks in 2013-2014

22—rank of North Carolina among the 50 states in average teacher compensation in 2003-2004

46—rank of North Carolina among the 50 states in average teacher compensation in 2011-2012

0—amount of raise for teachers in the 2013-2014 budget

16—number of years that a teacher in North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree must work to earn $40,000 a year

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