Superintendents press for more school funding in short session

Posted April 18, 2016

— School superintendents from across the state came together Monday to outline priorities for lawmakers who will convene next week. At the top of the list: Improving morale.

The superintendents have asked that the state remove schools that meet growth standards from the list of "low-performing" schools.

They want teacher and administrator pay raises and said principal pay in North Carolina ranks 50th in the nation.

They're asking lawmakers to restore public school funding to pre-recession levels, and until they do, they want to halt the private school voucher system.

They also want to reform teacher licensing to address the teacher shortage.

"Our public schools are being asked to do more with less. We always step up to the plate, but if our school leaders truly want our schools and our children to be successful, the General Assembly must continue to invest in our students and their future," said Darrin Hartness, superintendent of Davie County Schools.

The superintendents also released an updated "NC Guide to Strengthening Our Public Schools" which outlines long-range goals for K-12.

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  • Shandy Scott Apr 19, 2016
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    Can not believe one thing that Merrill says. Merrill who has found his money tree gets 80% of a billion dollars from taxpayers in 2013 and in less than a year he was back trying to get more for teachers raises when they are getting the largest in history from the state. Then he deceives us with a conference about all the teachers leaving and we need to raise their salary. According to the NEA's web site the national turnover rate is 17% and for North Carolina it is 14%. Wake County announced that 612 out of 9000 teachers left which is a turnover rate less than 7%. The supporting documentation shows that 312 of the 612 departures are to retirement, family relocation, death, disability and nothing to do with pay or dissatisfaction.