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Don’t overthink it: The best solution to what ails NC’s school funding system isn’t that complicated
More power to these noble loud-mouths, and may they make headway in their against-the-tide quest for better pay and working conditions, more school resources and more respect. Public school advocates perhaps can hope to see a few bones thrown in their direction. State money for public schools now is distributed according to a model known as resource allocation. The larger one pays for personnel, with each school district authorized to fill a certain number of positions depending on enrollments. The task force – which has held monthly meetings and gathered a range of feedback – in January received a thorough report from the N.C.
Association of School Administrators comparing the two models. The weighted student model would hurt rural school districts because of declining enrollments, the administrators said. Hairs can be split over which funding model is better. The ability and willingness of local taxpayers to finance an additional layer of school expenses – factors that vary widely across the state – blur the picture even further. As the administrators’ group is determined to point out, a school financing model that works well across the state must rest on twin cornerstones – both equity and adequacy.
In other words, if we made this change we’d have to be careful that it didn’t lead to further erosion in school spending. From the standpoint of the N.C. Council of Churches and other advocates who see a robust public education system as indispensable to a just and prosperous society, there’s no point flatly dismissing the notion that the present system can be improved. Just as certain is that our legislature should not tie itself in knots attempting to fix things that aren’t really broken – especially while it allows adequate school spending to be sacrificed on the tax-cut altar.
North Carolina editorial roundup
On Wednesday as many as 20,000 North Carolina public school teachers are expected to deliver a simple math lesson to lawmakers: If you put less in, you get less out. Across North Carolina, teachers have resisted those negative turns, but after years of budget austerity and policy changes that have stung and belittled teachers, they have had enough. Like teachers in other Southern states where school funding has been squeezed to allow for bigger tax cuts, North Carolina’s teachers are fed up and showing up. North Carolina teacher pay ranks 37th in the nation and is $9,600 below the national average. There are fewer teachers per student than in 2008 and schools have lost nearly 7,500 teacher assistants due to state budget cuts.
As wealthier counties increase local teacher pay supplements to offset losses in state funding, poorer counties are increasingly unable to attract or retain teachers. North Carolina teachers and parents are seeing through that storyline too, but legislative leaders won’t give it up. Legislative leaders supported increases in teacher pay, especially for new teachers. The increase bypasses teachers with more than 25 years of experience and barely keeps up with what most teachers have lost to inflation. What’s needed is a series of scheduled pay hikes across the board that will take North Carolina teachers’ pay up to the national average.
Apart from sniping at teachers over a day of lost class time, Republican leaders have shown no intention of listening to the message teachers are so urgently bringing to Raleigh. All told, nearly a million of the state’s students – some 65 percent – will have an unexpected holiday today as many teachers from these systems head to Raleigh for the North Carolina Association of Educators’ sponsored March for Students and Rally for Respect.