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9,000—number of teachers in the Wake County schools, the largest school district in North Carolina (“Wake County sees ‘alarming’ increase in teacher resignations,” News & Observer, April 17, 2014)

612—number of teachers in Wake County that have resigned since the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year (Ibid)

433—number of teachers in Wake County schools that resigned during the same time period in the 2012-2013 school year (Ibid)

41—percentage increase in resignations of Wake County teachers from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014 (Ibid)

25—percentage of teachers that will have resigned from Underwood Elementary School in Raleigh by the end of the school year (Ibid)

20,000—amount in dollars less one teacher at Underwood Elementary School is earning this year than she made as a teacher in California 11 years ago (Ibid)

46—current rank of North Carolina among the 50 states in average teacher compensation (“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)

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

286.4 million—amount in dollars of the reduction in funding for classroom teachers by increasing student to teacher ratios in 2013-2014 North Carolina budget signed by Gov. McCrory (Ibid)

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

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

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

563 million—amount in dollars less that the current budget spends on public schools than was spent in 2007-2008 adjusted for inflation (“2013-2015 budget shortchanges students, teachers, and public education,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, August 2013)

653—amount in dollars less that the current budget spends per student on K-12 education than the 2007-2008 budget adjusted for inflation (“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)

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