Under Speaker Tim Moore’s leadership, the North Carolina House of Representatives has passed historic education reforms and investments that are transforming the state’s school systems.
All four state budgets passed during Speaker Moore’s tenure substantially increased teacher pay and overall K-12 education spending in North Carolina. The state has passed 18 states in national teacher pay rankings since 2014.
At long-last, starting teacher pay was increased to $35,000 and average teacher pay to $50,000 thanks to Speaker Moore’s commitment to increasing compensation for educators.
The North Carolina House also passed pay raises for principals, assistant principals and other state employees who work in education administration.
The National Association of Educators ranks North Carolina the third-fastest rising state for teacher pay in the nation since 2014.
North Carolina has developed a dynamic education system under Speaker Moore’s leadership, expanding options for parents and improving low-performing schools.
The state House passed substantial education policy reforms early in the 2019 legislative session, including a $1.9 billion school construction bond proposal.
In fact, a new N.C. Lottery Fund is also committing $2 billion to Needs-Based School Construction over the next 10 years.
The state’s new Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund is in addition to the annual $100 million in capital lottery appropriations provided to North Carolina schools through the Public School Building Capital Fund, doubling the state’s total commitment to school capital to more than $3 billion by 2028.
Speaker Moore’s education priority is to equip North Carolina students with the tools to be successful and ensure they are career or college-ready after graduating high school.
Speaker Moore believes investment, innovation and meaningful reform are all critical to building the best school systems for our students.
School safety has been a critical priority of the state House, with a select committee of more than 50 members of the legislature focusing on classroom security, mental health, and crisis preparation for public schools.
Other education priorities of the state House of Representatives include reducing standardized testing for students and funding Advanced Placement exam fees for families to help students earn higher education credits and save money. Listening to teachers and students has empowered the state House of Representatives to address the critical needs of education communities.
The North Carolina General Assembly saved a state record $1.9 billion rainy day reserve prior to Hurricane Florence hitting the state in Fall 2018. This smart preparation helped lawmakers immediately respond to local education financial needs after the storm along with providing calendar and compensation flexibility to schools impacted by the devastation.
Reducing class sizes over time is another education policy commitment of the state House that represents a shared priority with teachers, students, and families. Studies have consistently shown what most North Carolinians expect – lower class sizes mean more individual attention and a better learning environment for students, especially those vulnerable to falling behind.
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