Editorials

Notable numbers: Obamacare, education students, teacher salaries

Notable numbers

Statistics from the past week that deserve a doubletake

$311,000 The average salary of an emergency room physician in 2014 now that more are private contractors who do not accept any insurance plans

$247,000 The average salary of an emergency room physician in 2010

84 The percentage of U.S. doctors in 2009 who had a financial relationship with a drug or medical device company

47 The percentage of Americans who have an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare

35 The percentage who view it favorably

51 Where North Carolina ranks, according to WalletHub, in 10-year change in teacher salary among the United States including Washington, D.C.

48 Where North Carolina ranks in public school funding per student

40 Where it ranks in safest schools

12.5 The cap on what percentage of a school population the state will pay to serve with special education money; a district with 25 percent of its students identified as having a disability receives the same amount as a district that has identified 12.5 percent of its students

70 The number of N.C. school districts, out of its 115, that have populations of special education students that exceed 12.5 percent

21 The percentage decrease that N.C. State University saw in the number of students majoring in education between 2010 and 2013

40 The percentage decrease in education majors at UNC-Asheville over the same period

39 The percentage decrease at Winston-Salem State

29 The percentage decrease at UNC-Chapel Hill

86 The percentage increase in tuition and fees at four-year public colleges, adjusted for inflation, from 2000 to 2012

37 The average percentage increase in child care costs for a family of four over the same period

76 The percentage of negative feedback of female employees, across 248 reviews from 28 companies, that included some kind of personality criticism, such as that the woman was abrasive, judgmental or strident

2 The percentage of critical reviews of men that included negative personality comments

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