Years of complaints that the N.C. General Assembly has failed to adequately fund North Carolina’s public schools would seem to be resonating with the state’s residents, according to a recent poll commissioned by WRAL.
The poll, reported Wednesday by the Raleigh news station, indicated that 66 percent of those surveyed believe K-12 schools in North Carolina are underfunded (item 19 on the poll) and that opinion seemed to stretch across party lines.
The survey, which polled 2,000 residents statewide last weekend, also found that a majority of voters, about 51 percent, back N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson’s call in January for legislators to raise teacher pay by 10 percent across the board (item 20).
With the National Education Association ranking the state at a lowly 47th in teacher pay, some observers have suggested this election year figures to be a pivotal year for educator pay in the state.
According to WRAL, the education questions had a margin of error of 2.1 to 2.2 percentage points.