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COOPER PROPOSES BUDGET THAT INVESTS IN EDUCATION

cooperbudgetpresserOn Wednesday, Gov. Cooper unveiled his first budget, a $23.8 billion dollar spending plan that invests in education, health care, economic development and public safety. The governor's budget includes pay raises for ALL educators, a scholarship program to attract new teachers into the profession similar to NC Teaching Fellows, and a phase out of the private school voucher program. 

 "Governor Cooper's long-term vision for making North Carolina a top tier state for public education will return North Carolina to its rightful place as a beacon of hope for our students, families and communities," said NCAE President Mark Jewell. "By making long-term investments in our classrooms and educators, we can truly give our students the schools they deserve."


Cooper's Education Budget highlights:

  • Average teacher pay increases of 5 percent each year for the next two years. It's the largest investment in teachers in a decade. Gov. Cooper's budget puts N.C. on the path to lead southeastern states in three yearsand reach the national average in five.
  • Invests $20 million for 6.5 percent salary increases for principals and assistant principals - administrators rank 50th in average pay.
  • Gov. Cooper is proposing the largest pay raise for ESPs and other educators not on the state teacher salary schedule in nearly a decade.  State employees would receive recurring 2 percent or $800, whichever is greater, along with a one-time bonus of $500.
  • Phases out the private school voucher program.
  • Draws talented North Carolina students by reinstating a similar program to NC Teaching Fellows by providing $10,000 scholarships per year for four years to students who commit to teaching in NC public schools after graduation.
  • Invests $30 million of lottery funds in classroom support staff, textbooks, and digital learning materials.
  • Invests $15 million to help low-performing schools.
  • Provides a $20 million flex funds to local school districts to use for additional instructional support like teacher assistants, nurses, social workers, or others.
  • Proposes funding an additional 4,700 early childhood education slots.
  • Free Community College tuition through NC GROW scholarships



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