Last month, State Superintendent Mark Johnson released a lengthy list of education priorities he contends will ensure North Carolina’s public schools are the best for teachers and students by 2030.
The list included pay increases for teachers (at least 5 percent pay raises this year), the elimination of high-stakes testing, the recruitment of the best and brightest teachers and more flexibility for school districts, among others.
Johnson didn’t know how much his plan called #NC2030 would cost when he unveiled it during a big dinner and reception at the Raleigh Convention Center.
But he has quietly released a proposed spending plan for the 2019-21 fiscal biennium at https://www.ncsuperintendent.com/budget.
The plan would cost more than $1 billion the first year and nearly $1.5 billion in the second year.
Johnson’s spending recommendations have been sent to the General Assembly.