Candidate Question: Do you have education data on discipline, crime, teacher pay, benefits?

Of course we do!  And it comes from the public school reports. We’ve simply complied it for you and will let the facts/data speak for themselves:

According to the 2020 North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey:

  • 38% of teachers say that their students do not follow the rules of conduct at their school
  • 34% of teachers say that school administrators do not consistently enforce rules for student conduct
  • 36% of teachers say that physical conflicts are a problem at their school
  • 42% of teachers say that bullying is a problem at their school
  • 37% of teachers say that cyberbullying is a problem at their school

According to the Consolidated Report, 2018-19:

  • The number and rate of crimes reported on North Carolina school campuses have steadily decreased over the last several years.
  • The number of reportable crimes on high school campuses decreased by 11% from 2017-2018 to 2018-2019.
  • The high school crime rate decreased 9.0%, a significant decrease from the previous year’s decrease of 2%.
  • The rate of reported acts of crime for both grades K-13 and grades 9-13 is at its lowest in five years.
  • That said, assault resulting in serious injury increased by 70.5% (+30 acts) between 2018 and 2019.
  • Assault on school personnel increased by 18.5% (+233 acts) between 2018 and 2019.
  • Sexual offenses (+16 acts) and sexual assault (+24 acts) have increased by over 20% between 2018 and 2019.

According to Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget 2020:

Average teacher salaries have increased from $44,990 (2013-14) to $54,682 (2019-20), a 21.5% increase.

Average teacher salary increases over the last decade or so:

  • 2009-10: 0.0%
  • 2010-11: 0.0%
  • 2011-12: 0.0%
  • 2012-13: 1.2%
  • 2013-14: 0.0%
  • 2014-15: 7.0%
  • 2015-16: 2.1%
  • 2016-17: 4.7%
  • 2017-18: 3.3%
  • 2018-19: 6.5%
  • 2019-20: 1.2%
  • 2020-21:  0.0% (3.9% proposed, Gov Cooper vetoed, NCGA democrats upheld the veto so ended up with 0%.)

Major benefits in addition to salary (2020-21):

  • Social Security: $3,761
  • Retirement: $10,659
  • Heath Insurance: $6,326

According to the NC Department of Public Instruction Statistical Profile:

  • Salaries and benefits make up 94% of state public school expenditures and 84% of state, local, and federal education expenditures.
  • North Carolina district and charter schools employ 185,708 total full-time employees
  • North Carolina district and charter schools employ 101,446 total full-time teachers
  • In total, only 55% of full-time district and charter school employees are teachers

Becki Gray / Senior Vice President

Becki Gray is Senior Vice President of the John Locke Foundation. She provides information, consultation, and publications to elected officials, government staff and other dec...

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