Category Archives: Budgets

In case you missed him …

Terry Stoops questioned the latest plea for public school teacher pay raises during an interview for WTVD.

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Obamacare supporters claimed victory once official health insurance exchange enrollment numbers topped 7 million nationwide. Katherine Restrepo analyzes what those numbers really mean during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Sarah Curry discusses North Carolina’s unfunded liability for health and pension plans that benefit retired government workers. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest describes the workContinue Reading

Wake County teacher loses

According to the Wake County Schools blog, As of April 9, 2014, more than 600 teachers have left their jobs since the beginning of the school year on July 1, 2013, an increase of 41 percent over the same period last year. Here is some perspective: According to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, WakeContinue Reading

Ten questions that the media should ask

Today, Wake County school officials are holding a press conference to discuss ““the alarming increase in mid-year teacher resignations and the dwindling supply of NC-trained teachers who are qualified to fill the empty positions.”  Here are some questions that the media should ask those participating in the press conference: 1. Is this a Wake CountyContinue Reading

The most important graphic you’ll see today

Later today, the N.C. General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division will discuss their new report, “Improved Administrative Program Monitoring by the Department of Public Instruction Can Save Over $19 Million Annually.” The report is noteworthy for those of us in the education policy world, but one figure, in particular, should be of interest to all taxpayers:Continue Reading

Down payment on advocacy coalition’s teacher pay plan? $430 million

Last month, a coalition of seven organizations presented a four-part teacher pay plan to the North Carolina General Assembly’s Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force.  Backers of the plan included the following advocacy organizations: North Carolina Parent Teacher Association Professional Educators of North Carolina North Carolina Association of Educators North Carolina Association of School AdministratorsContinue Reading

How much will it cost?

Earlier this week, the following groups have presented a teacher pay proposal to the members of a N.C. General Assembly task force: NC Parent Teacher Association (NCPTA) Professional Educators of NC (PENC) NC Association of Educators (NCAE) NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) NC School Boards Association (NCSBA) NC Justice Center – Education and LawContinue Reading

State Pensions and Healthcare Unfunded Amounts

While offering both retirement and healthcare benefits to employees is a reasonable and expected part of employment, the State needs to re-evaluate its method of paying for these benefits.  There are two main ways these benefit plans can be maintained for future generations of state employees while still offering the benefits promised to those whoContinue Reading