As a former educator, I understand the needs of our schools and will continue to fight for progress. Our children are our future and we need to ensure that they are prepared to compete in this global economy.
Supporting our teachers
* Retaining quality teachers is imperative. We have continued to increase salaries for our teachers, community college and university faculty state-wide. (HB1473, 2007 and HB 2436, 2008)
* Continued funding for pilot programs to retain math and science teachers and expanded mentoring program for new teachers. (HB2436, 2008)
Helping students succeed
* Invested $15 million in drop-out prevention funds to ensure that our students finish high school and succeed. (HB 2436, 2008)
* Expanded More at Four to $170 million to serve 35,000 children.
(HB1473, 2007 and HB2436, 2008)
* Provided $6.2 million for children with disabilities and $3.2 million for academically or intellectually gifted students. (HB2436, 2008)
* Smaller class sizes to help give younger students the individualized attention they need. (HB1473, 2007)
Expanding affordable college opportunities
* Funded college scholarships for low to moderate income students to graduate from college debt free. (HB1473, 2007)
* Funded Learn and Earn high schools so that students can earn college credits without having to pay tuition costs. (HB1473, 2007)
Enhancing job training
* Funded the community college allied health programs to help train workers for the growing health care industry.
* $1 million provided for technical education programs to boost training in technology.
* $1 million provided for community college biotech training at the NC Research Campus.