School spending suffered under Democrats

Today, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released “Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: School Year 2010–11 (Fiscal Year 2011).”

The report provides a snapshot of K-12 education revenues and expenditures for the last two budgets approved by the Democratic majority in the NC General Assembly.

According to the report,

  • Median inflation-adjusted per-pupil expenditures dropped by 3.4 percent between 2010 and 2011.  It was among the largest statewide decreases in education spending during this period.
  • In 2010, North Carolina ranked 42nd in median inflation-adjusted per-pupil expenditure ($8,990)
  • In 2011, North Carolina ranked 43rd in median inflation-adjusted per-pupil expenditure ($8,684)

Again, these figures reflect Democratic majorities in the legislature and a Democratic governor.  The NCES will not provide data that reflects budgets approved by Republican legislative majorities until next year.

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