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Jamey Falkenbury has been traveling around the state giving a factual and informative presentation on the dangers and issues surrounding Common Core State Standards and how they have impacted North Carolina. This week, Jamey makes another stop in Rockingham County. Read more about his visit and the content of his presentation by clicking the image below.
Raleigh, NC -- The North Carolina Senate today passed legislation creating the North Carolina Education Endowment, a concept designed and championed by Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest as a way to supplement teacher pay statewide.
Forest joined Sen. Jerry Tillman in early May to unveil the legislation and it was subsequently rolled into the full Senate budget bill that has now passed the Senate and is headed to the North Carolina House of Representatives for consideration.
The bill would create an Endowment Fund that will be used to supplement teacher pay via public and private sector funds.
The North Carolina Education Endowment Fund Creates Three New Revenue Streams to Sustainably Supplement Teacher Pay:
- Providing citizens and corporations the opportunity to contribute funds to the endowment via a line on their tax forms, either by contributing from their income tax refunds or by making additional contributions separate from their tax bill.
- Allowing the public to simultaneously fund the endowment while showing their support for our teachers by purchasing “I Support Teachers” specialty license plates.
- Creating a vehicle for corporations and individuals to make tax-deductible donations to the Education Endowment.
These three funding streams are only the beginning. Our goal is to use the bill as framework through which we can invest other funds with the goal of increasing teacher compensation for our high-performing teachers. The long-term intent of the endowment is that it would become self-sustaining.
Today marked another big step towards the goal of making North Carolina teachers the highest performing and highest paid in the nation.
Lt. Governor Dan Forest started the morning in Greensboro, NC with Governor McCrory in support of his announcement of the Career Pathways plan for NC teachers. It was here Dan joined Governor Pat McCrory, State Budget Director Art Pope, Rep. Craig Horn (who spoke on behalf of Speaker Thom Tillis), State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson, Mooresville Graded School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Edwards, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Dr. Heath E. Morrison, Rep. Linda Johnson, Rep. Rob Bryan, the Governor's Senior Advisor on Education Eric Guckian, and more.
In the afternoon, Lt. Governor Dan Forest presented to the Joint Committee on Education Oversight on his North Carolina Education Endowment Fund as an innovative way to supplement teacher pay in North Carolina. A drafted bill, spearheaded by Sen. Jerry Tillman and Lt. Governor Forest was introduced and discussed with various committee members.
The Education Endowment is a special fund created with a singular purpose—to increase teacher compensation in a manner that positively impacts student achievement.
- No tax increase required
- Funds may only be used for teacher compensation
- To supplement excellence, creativity, and innovation in teaching
Many have shared their concerns on the teacher pay problem North Carolina and the Education Endowment is a vehicle that provides several pathways to make a difference for teachers in NC.
- Individuals may donate funds to the Education Endowment via a line on their tax return.
- People may purchase "I Support Teachers" specialty license plates for their vehicles with proceeds to be placed in the Endowment Fund.
- Corporations and Individuals may give tax-deductible donations to the Education Endowment Fund.
Today was the first step in introducing the framework for the Education Endowment. There is more to come. Stay tuned.
Raleigh, NC—Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest today announced his intention to create the North Carolina Education Endowment aimed at supplementing teacher pay in our public schools.
During testimony before the Joint Committee on Education Oversight, Lt. Governor Forest and Sen. Jerry Tillman unveiled legislation to create the fund, legislation that will be introduced in the short session of the General Assembly this month.
“The North Carolina Education Endowment Fund is a special fund created with a singular purpose—to increase teacher compensation in a manner that positively impacts student achievement. This innovative framework for supplementing teacher pay is essential to showing teachers, students, and parents that we cannot settle for an average public education system in North Carolina; rather, our quality of education must be second to none. The Education Endowment helps us reward our great teachers for their professionalism and passion in shaping North Carolina’s next generation of leaders,” said Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest.
The North Carolina Education Endowment will provide three ways for the general public to participate in raising the pay of our public school teachers:
1. Individuals and Corporations will be able to receive a deduction from their state taxes for charitable contributions paid into the fund for teacher pay.
2. Individuals and Corporations who receive a tax refund from the State of North Carolina will now have the option to designate a portion of their refund towards the Education Endowment for teacher pay.
3. A new license plate will be created with the words: "I Support Teachers" with all proceeds going into the Education Endowment for teacher pay.
Forest continues, “This is just the beginning framework for the North Carolina Education Endowment Fund. As our state continues to work its way out of economic stagnation, and as our state government continues to become more efficient, we will find new funding sources for the endowment that allow for expedited growth. The end goal being and endowment that is self-funding and rewards teachers from interest earnings.”
Forest's announcement comes the same day as the Governor unveiled his Career Pathways Teacher Pay Initiative, a proposal, the Lt. Governor likewise supports. The North Carolina Education Endowment is just another piece of the puzzle in making North Carolina’s public education system a leader nationwide.
For questions or press requests, please contact Kami Mueller, Kami@danforest.com.
Lt. Governor Dan Forest to Unveil New Fund for Teacher Pay
Raleigh, NC—Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest will unveil a new fund to supplement teacher pay in North Carolina public schools.
Forest will join Sen. Jerry Tillman in unveiling legislation that will create the fund, during their testimony to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, tomorrow, May 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm in LOB 643, Raleigh.
Both Forest and Tillman will hold a media availability immediately after the committee adjourns in the same room at the center podium.
WHO: Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest and Senator Jerry Tillman
WHAT: Unveiling of new fund for teacher pay in North Carolina public schools.
WHEN: Committee Meeting begins at 2:00pm. The Lt. Governor and Sen. Tillman will host a time of media availability at the center podium immediately following the committee meeting.
WHERE: LOB 643
PRESS: OPEN to credentialed press only.
“It is great to see manufacturing coming back to North Carolina, and I am proud to see our rich textile heritage on the rise once again,” said Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. “There are numerous reasons this company chose North Carolina including our abundant agricultural and human resources, our existing manufacturing facilities, our low energy costs and our competitive tax structure.”
For the entire article, go here: http://www.areadevelopment.com/newsItems/5-2-2014/shri-govindaraja-textiles-operations-center-eden-north-carolina590232.shtml
The Heritage Foundation Blog, The Foundry, writes, "Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest (R) has led the opposition to the national standards in the state, encouraging lawmakers and education officials to reclaim state educational decision-making authority."
Read the rest of the article here: http://blog.heritage.org/2014/04/30/common-core-pushback-grows-tar-heel-state/