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for We the People of North Carolina Vol. 20 Issue 9, February 1963
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Despite being a primary concern of North Carolina's Governor Sanford, public schools are getting a smaller share of the General Fund than received under previous administrations. This is due to the sharp decline in pupil attendance, and the millions usually spent on pupils will become available to help pay for teacher salary increases and other public school improvements. In turn, more funds are left over from sales tax to pay for expansions and improvements in other state operations.
In an annual bulletin published by the National Education Association, North Carolina drops rank from 30 to 34 among the states in a comparison of the average salary paid public school instructional personnel. Despite a massive infusion of state support to raise the average salary, the state rank droops back to where it was several years in lagging to keep up with other state salary averages.
The North Carolina General Fund budget presented to legislature in February recommends an 18.1 percent increase in appropriations for operations. This combined with a increase in spending voted upon in 1961 will result in General Fund tax spending in the new biennium at a rate of $1.64 for every dollar spent in the last biennium. In other words, a 64.6 percent hike in General Fund tax support for budgeting operations.