Editorials

Notable Numbers

16—number of the members of the 32-member UNC Board of Governors elected by the state House and Senate last week to four-year terms (“Senate chooses 8 for UNC’s governing board, Goolsby and Fennebresque make cut” Progressive Pulse, March 18, 2015 and “N.C. House elects its slate of eight UNC Board of Governors, one Democrat included,” Progressive Pulse March 19, 2015)

14—number of the 16 members elected to the UNC Board of Governors last week who are Republicans (Ibid)

1—number of the 16 members elected to the UNC Board of Governors last week who are registered as unaffiliated (Ibid)

1—number of the 16 members elected to the UNC Board of Governors last week who are Democrats (Ibid)

13—number of the 16 members elected to the UNC Board of Governors last week who are men (Ibid)

3—number of the 16 members elected to the UNC Board of Governors last week who are women (Ibid)

13—number of the 16 members elected to the UNC Board of Governors last week who are white (Ibid)

3—number of the 16 members elected to the UNC Board of Governors last week who are African-American (Ibid)

10—number of months since former Senator Thom Goolsby—elected to the UNC Board of Governors last week— had his registration as business investment adviser revoked by the N.C. Secretary of State’s office for questionable investment practices (”Goolsby, partner ordered to stop investment services,” WWAY-YV, May 22, 2014)

1,082,292—amount in dollars that the 30 candidates for the UNC Board of Governors this session and their immediate families have contributed to political campaigns since 2007 (“Politicians took in more than $1 million from UNC Board of Governor hopefuls,” Progressive Pulse, March 18, 2015)

260,000—amount in dollars that current UNC Board of Governors Chair John Fennebresque—who was reelected by the Senate last week—and his wife have contributed to political campaigns since 2007 (Ibid)

3—number of months since the UNC Board of Governors voted to oust UNC President Tom Ross despite Chairman Fennebresque telling reporters that Ross has been a wonderful president with a “fantastic work ethic and perfect integrity.” (“UNC leader Tom Ross out, GOP-led Board of Governors mum on reason,” Progressive Pulse, January 16, 2015)

1—number of months since the UNC Board of Governors voted to close down the Center for Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at UNC Chapel Hill, the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina University, and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at N.C. Central University (“UNC Board of Governors eliminates poverty center, student protests disrupt meeting, Progressive Pulse, February 27, 2015)

9.4—percentage that current university system funding is below pre-recession levels (“2015 Budget Undermines North Carolina’s Competitiveness: It Is Unsustainable, Inadequate, and Hampered by the Costly 2013 Tax Plan,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, September 2015)

50 million— amount in dollars of additional budget cuts that Governor Pat McCrory proposes for the university system in the next two years (“Effort to “right-size” the UNC system in the works,” Progressive Pulse, March 5, 2015)

42 -- percentage of North Carolina early education teachers who received public assistance in the last three years (from the Child Care Services Association)

53 -- The average hourly work week of North Carolina public school teachers

52 -- The percentage of North Carolina teachers who have a second job

Notable numbers

Statistics from the past week that deserve a doubletake

38,300 The number of single-family home-building permits issued in Houston in 2014

38,600 The number issued in the entire state of California

29 The percentage of poor kids with high test scores in 2000 who got college degrees

30 The percentage of affluent kids with low scores who did

550 The percentage increase in the U.S. prison population over the age of 55 since 1990

10 The percentage of federal inmates serving a life sentence: 160,000 people

$4 billion What the state and federal prison systems spend each year on health care for inmates

11 The number of hours between assaults on a North Carolina correctional officer on the job last year

4 Percentage of Republicans who support the presidential candidacy of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at this point

$250 million What Sweet Briar College would need in an endowment to stay open; it is closing at the end of the school year

$36 billion Estimated value of the endowment of Harvard University

$35,000 The annual salary of a starting teacher in North Carolina public schools if Gov. McCrory’s educational initiatives pass the General Assembly

48 Where North Carolina ranked in public school per-pupil spending in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

42 The percentage of North Carolina early education teachers who received public assistance in the last three years (from the Child Care Services Association)

53 The average hourly work week of North Carolina public school teachers

52 The percentage of North Carolina teachers who have a second job

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