|Soucek & Jordan|
Adjusted for inflation, North Carolina’s per-student education investment has dropped by $815 since the Great Recession began in 2008. Only six states have seen a larger drop than North Carolina.
Since 2008, textbook funding per student has dropped a staggering 79 percent from $76.09 to $15.96. In many schools, there aren't enough books for students to take home for homework.
Adjusted for inflation, North Carolina’s average teacher salary has fallen by $5,158 since 2008. Over the same period, the state’s teacher pay ranking dropped from 25th to 42nd.
North Carolina classrooms have lost 7,138 teacher assistants since 2008.