Below is an excerpt from an article from the Civitas Capitol Connection, February 2011 edition, entitled "How Much Does It Cost to Educate a High School Graduate?" For additional information, go to www.nccivitas.org to read more; also a map of NC education expenses entitle "The Cost of One High School Graduate."
We are worth a LOT of money! Consider yourself due for a raise in your "teacher's salary!"
"Approximately 37 percent of the North Carolina state budget is devoted to K-12 public education. This year North Carolina will spend approximately $7.1 billion on public elementary and secondary schools, the single biggest expenditure in the state budget. .... After gathering relevant expenditures data, Civitas staff found that the costs to graduate from a North Carolina high school vary depending on where you live. Costs range from a high of $265,395 (Tyrrell County Schools) to a low of $100,736 (Randolph County). On average, it costs North Carolinians $142,027 to educate one student through high school."