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Wake school board approves $1.4 billion proposed budget

Posted May 5, 2015

Wake County Public School System
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— Wake County school board members unanimously approved a proposed $1.4 billion operating budget Tuesday evening that includes raises for teachers and staff.

The board's budget proposal includes a $48.3 million increase from 2014-15 funding.

Board members, including Jim Martin, see the salary increases as an attempt to better the system.

"There are a lot of programming needs that need to get addressed to get to be the school system we all want to be," he said.

The budget now goes before county commissioners.

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  • Chris Holder May 6, 2015
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    Keep in mind, according to the superintendent, that county enrollment increased 13% from 2008/2009 to current, while the district's spending did not keep up (increased by less than 10%)...so total spending per pupil dropped 2.6% (dropped 4.2% when only considering county allocation).

    So some of this is trying to keep up with growing enrollment. Some of it is trying to rectify the pay situation. And yet more of it is trying to keep up with technology in education.

  • Al Smith May 6, 2015
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    This is for 1 county in the whole state!

    4 times the spending since 1980 and student scores haven't improved at all.

  • Larry Sutton May 6, 2015
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    If education dollars were spent where they are actually needed the system would be in much better shape. We've been throwing $ at education since the Jim Hunt days and it's no better now than it was then......maybe worse.

  • Tom Boswell May 5, 2015
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    A year and a half ago we the voters gave Wake County schools 80% of a billion dollars increasing our real estate taxes 14%. They now want more with this budget and are already getting another billion dollar bond ready for 2016. Add this with the Democratic County Commissioners proposing a billion dollar wasted mass rail transit bond and our
    taxes will be increasing by 50%. The Democrats campaigned for increases in
    taxes and spending so if you voted for them you have no right to complain.