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Drop in education support parallels national trend

On Friday, Chris Mai of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities documented some remarkable numbers related to American support for public education. As her chart below shows, North Carolina’s dwindling support parallels a disturbing national trend:

 “Local governments added 20,000 education jobs in the month of August, the Labor Department reported today.  That’s good news, but schools remain in a big hole from the recession:  local school districts still have 297,000 fewer jobs than in August 2008 (see chart).

Education cuts chart

This means that, even as K-12 enrollment has risen — by 800,000 students between the fall of 2008 and fall of 2013, according to the Education Department — schools have fewer teachers, librarians, principals, guidance counselors, nurses, and other staff to help them.

Instead of setting our students up for success at the start of a new school year, we’re giving them less support than just a few years ago.

 

2 Comments

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    September 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Well this is following the trends in all entities such as businesses. There are a lot of things that are done these days on those devices called “computers”. A lot of learning goes on through sites like Kahn Academy for example which is a great resource for kids. This cuts down on the need for as many full teachers. Also, there is a huge trend for homeschooling where there are not actual children in the classroom. Class sizes are getting a bit larger too, since there has been little correlation between class size and educational results. You also have a huge overweight to administrators so that school systems are not able to afford teachers as they pay for huge salaries there.

  2. Alan

    September 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    “Huge trend for homeschooling”, according to who exactly?

    “Class sizes are getting a bit larger too, since there has been little correlation between class size and educational results”, you have to be kidding with this comment? I don’t a single teacher who would agree with this.

    LayDownTheCrackPipe, you’re comments get wackier by the day…