WTVD: School-supply funding remains at recession levels, NCAE says
When adjusted for inflation and enrollment North Carolina classrooms are receiving 40% LESS funding than they did ten years ago. Teachers are spending on average $526 of their own money to make up for the shortfall. North Carolina currently has a $900 million dollar surplus and instead of using that money to fund our schools properly the General Assembly is proposing returning it all to the taxpayers. This refund would only give taxpayers $0.34 cents a day. Why not use this money instead to properly fund our classrooms?