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Drop in education support parallels national trend

Posted By Rob Schofield On September 9, 2013 @ 9:28 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

On Friday, Chris Mai of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities documented some remarkable numbers [1] 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 [2] 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 [3]

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 [4] — 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.

 


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[1] documented some remarkable numbers: http://www.offthechartsblog.org/local-school-jobs-grew-in-august-but-remain-in-a-big-hole/

[2] reported: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

[3] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Education-cuts-chart.jpg

[4] according to the Education Department: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/projections/projections2021/tables/table_06.asp?referrer=list

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