You all know the facts…

“You all know the facts.  There are fewer dollars in the public school system today than there’s ever been…”

– Gov. Beverly Perdue, March 19, 2012 press conference

We are still waiting for the NC Department of Public Instruction to report local, federal, and capital revenues/expenditures for the current school year, so I assume that Gov. Perdue is referencing total state expenditures on K-12 public schools.

According to NC DPI statistics, state public school appropriations for the current school year totaled $7.5 billion.  A year before, state appropriations reached $7.15 billion.  (See Highlights 2012, p. 2 below)  In other words, there were fewer dollars in the public school system during the 2010-11 school year than the 2011-12 school year.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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