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.
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.
Dan Forest Issues Statement in Support of Legislative Action to Replace Common Core Standards in North Carolina
Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest Issues Statement in Support of Legislative Action to
Replace Common Core Standards in North Carolina
Raleigh, NC - Today, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, responding to legislative action to replace Common Core State Standards in North Carolina, issued the following statement:
“Today is a great day for education in North Carolina. The General Assembly listened to the voices of thousands of parents, teachers, administrators and concerned citizens about the issues with Common Core. I would like to thank the Senators and Representatives who had the courage to do what is right for our children and our state in the face of opposition. This legislative action allows North Carolina to develop its own rigorous standards, created by its own teachers, school administrators, business leaders and parents.” - Lt. Governor Dan Forest (Audio Statement by Lt. Governor Dan Forest can be found here.)
Today, the legislation was introduced by the Legislative Research Commission on Common Core State Standards that will do the following if signed into law:
• Common Core will be removed from existing General Statute, allowing the State Board of Education to replace it with standards developed in North Carolina.
• North Carolina will remove the copyright restrictions that prevent the state from changing or replacing the standards. If signed into law, our standards will officially become the “North Carolina Standard Course of Study.”
• An Academic Standards Review Commission will be created to review standards and recommend changes for English and Math. This Commission will consist of North Carolina parents, teachers, curriculum experts and elected officials.
• The Commission will receive direct public input from North Carolinians about changes to standards.
• The legislation will allow the Commission to make necessary, immediate recommendations to the State Board of Education throughout the two-year review process. This will allow our state to correct any major areas of concern that North Carolinians have with the current standards.
For more information contact Kami Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-215-1334.
PRESS RELEASE: Dan Forest Claims Victory (Again) in NC Lt. Governor's Race... Calls on Coleman to Concede
For Immediate Release -- November 17, 2012
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Dan Forest Claims Victory (Again) in NC Lt. Governor's Race... Calls on Coleman to Concede
(Raleigh, NC) -- Dan Forest today claimed victory (again) in the race for Lt. Governor and called on his opponent, Linda Coleman, to concede the race. With all 100 counties having completed their post election "canvas" of all remaining provisional and absentee ballots, Forest maintained a lead of 6396 votes out of nearly 4.5 million ballots cast.
"We won on election night, and now that provisional and absentee ballots have been counted, we have won again," said Forest. With Forest's margin of victory below 10,000, his opponent is legally entitled to call for a recount, a process that will cost the State of North Carolina several million dollars and the Forest campaign several hundred thousand dollars to defend their victory.Read more
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NCSPA Releases Candidate Endorsements
Durham, NC – November 2, 2012 – The North Carolina Sheriff Police Alliance is making public its endorsements in the 2012 elections.
The following is a list of candidates that are endorsed by the NCSPA in the upcoming 2012 general election:
- Governor - Pat McCrory
- Lt. Governor - Dan Forest
- Durham County Commissioners
- Michael Page
- Brenda Howerton
- Omar Beasley
- 9th Judicial District Warren, Vance , Franklin, Granville Counties
- Quon Bridges