Daily Archives: December 20, 2016

What’s the Matter with North Carolina?

In a recent opinion piece, Karen Cox answers that question for New York Times readers: After a vicious governor’s race in which the Democrat, Roy Cooper, squeaked past the incumbent Republican, Pat McCrory, the state General Assembly drew up and passed a series of bills that greatly restrict the power of our incoming chief executive —Continue Reading

Who should protest? It’s probably not who you think.

You saw them on the front page of the newspaper. You heard them on the 6 o’clock news. You read their rants on social media. They disrupted the work of the General Assembly. Members of the N.C. House and Senate complained they could barely hear each other debate the special session bills over the chantingContinue Reading

Public school operating expenses totaled $12.7 billion last year

Did I mention that the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published financial data? The following is a table of current expense expenditures for the 2015-16 school year (in taxpayer dollars): Type State Federal Local Total SALARIES $5,745,652,306 $714,505,364 $1,525,082,588 $7,985,240,258 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS $1,937,086,829 $250,133,646 $474,342,145 $2,661,562,620 PURCHASED SERVICES $210,616,948 $95,976,843 $712,619,935 $1,019,213,726 SUPPLIES & MATERIALSContinue Reading

Big spenders: N.C. schools edition

Here is another blog post summarizing financial data published by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction! The following is a table of the ten districts with the highest average per-student expenditure during the 2015-16 school year. District State Federal Local Total Hyde County Schools $12,723.04 $1,954.50 $3,124.31 $17,801.85 Tyrrell County Schools $11,739.76 $1,887.18 $1,526.74 $15,153.68Continue Reading

NC spent an average of $9,342 per student last year

According to data published by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI), per student expenditures averaged $9,342 during the 2015-16 school year.  This includes $8,888 per student in operating expenditures and $454 in capital expenditures (calculated using a 5-year average). The year before, per student expenditures totaled $9,235.  The $107 increase in expenditures represented aContinue Reading

Charter membership (ADM) up 12%, surpasses 92,000 students

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction recently published key enrollment (average daily membership) figures for the 2016-17 school year.  As of the second month of the school year, 92,226 students attended a public charter school in North Carolina.  District membership stood at 1,437,082 students. How does this compare to the 2015-16 school year?  Last year,Continue Reading

N.C. Appeals Court panel rules against McCrory in public-records suit

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal from Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration in a legal dispute with media outlets and two left-of-center nonprofit groups over access to public records. The panel’s ruling specifically rejected McCrory’s argument that appellate judges could consider supporting the governor on the basis ofContinue Reading

GOP tax plan scrutinized

Joseph Lawler of the Washington Examiner highlights recent analysis of Republican tax proposals on Capitol Hill. Oil refiners may be taxed more and drivers may see higher taxes at the pump if the House Republican tax plan becomes law, lobbyists and analysts have realized upon sorting through its provisions. Those groups could be among theContinue Reading