Meeting Industry Standards for School Support Staff
WHY IT’S IMPORANT: Nurses, librarians, counselors, psychologists, and social workers boost achievement, address ACEs.
RECOMMENDATION: Meet nationally-recognized industry standards for support
COST: $655.2 million

Modify the Low Wealth Formula to Direct State Revenue to Communities that Need It Most
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: The Low Wealth allotment is directs additional state funds to low wealth districts. Additional resources insufficient to close performance gaps.
Expand eligibility to 110% of state avg. wealth
Boost supplemental funding to 110% of the statewide average local revenue per student
COST: $131 million

Increase Disadvantaged Student Supplemental Funding (DSSF) Allotment to Fulfill Leandro’s Unmet Promise
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: DSSF provides supplemental funding based on population of disadvantaged students. In 2004 Judge Manning said DSSF needs to be $223 million to adequately support disadvantaged students.
RECOMMENDATION: Meet the state’s Leandro obligations, adjusted for inflation
COST: $201 million brings total DSSF funding to $296 million

Restore Funding for Supplies and Textbooks
RECOMMENDATION: 15% above pre-Recession levels
COST: Textbooks $65.2 million; supplies $73.8 million

Increase Support for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Programs
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: NC has nearly 100,000 English learners and current funding is leaving too many behind
Eliminate eligibility floor
Eliminate funding cap
Account for linguistic diversity
Permit LEP funds to be used for LEP teacher salary supplements
COST: $108.6 million

Modify Children with Disabilities (CWD) Allotment
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: NC has nearly 190,000 students with disabilities. Funding is capped at 12.75% of enrollment and has consistently lagged recommended levels
Eliminate funding cap
Boost funding to 2.3 times average student
Explore funding based on the level of intervention
COST: Eliminating cap: $41 million; Boosting funding: $352 million

Make NC Pre-K Universal
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: There are proven benefits through at least 8th grade. Currently serving just 47% of eligible 4-year olds; 25% of all 4-year olds.
RECOMMENDATION: Create no-cost NC Pre-K slots for 70 percent of age-eligible children
COST: $316 million

Universal Free Breakfast and Lunch
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: 21 percent of North Carolina children live in households that are food insecure. There is overwhelming evidence that child nutrition programs boost student performance. NC 1 of 18 states providing no supplemental child nutrition funds.
RECOMMENDATION: Free breakfast and lunch for all students
COST: $168 million