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Superintendents press for more school funding in short session

Posted April 18, 2016 5:46 p.m. EDT
Updated April 18, 2016 6:32 p.m. EDT

— 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.