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NC spends larger share on K-12 education than most

The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) just published their annual State Expenditure Report.  This latest edition examines state spending for fiscal years (FY) 2013-2015. North Carolina was tied with Washington for 13th highest “elementary and secondary education expenditures as a percent of total expenditures,” spending 23.0 percent in FY 2015. That is upContinue Reading

NCGA/UNC/ZSRF program retains teachers in high need schools

From an op-ed published in the Charlotte Observer, praising the N.C. New Teacher Support Program: It should be noted the N.C. New Teacher Support Program recently posted a 95 percent retention rate, which is significantly higher than average retention rates in districts across the state. Based on these retention data the New Teacher Support ProgramContinue Reading

Who awarded the largest teacher salary supplement last year?

The answer is Chapel-Hill/Carrboro City Schools! Most school districts use local dollars to provide salary supplements to teachers, administrators, and staff.  These supplements are added to the base salary amount indicated on the state’s teacher salary schedule. District Name Number of Teacher Positions Teachers Receiving Supplements Average Supplement per Teacher Chapel-Hill/Carrboro City Schools 1,159 1,159Continue Reading

NC spent nearly $9,200 per student last year

Over the weekend, the NC Department of Public Instruction released financial data for the 2014-15 school year. When you include state ($5,638), federal ($1,005), local ($2,133), and 5-year average capital ($406) dollars, the state’s per-pupil expenditure totaled $9,182 last year. In addition, 85 of North Carolina’s 115 school districts spent more than $9,000/student on operatingContinue Reading

State per-pupil spending highest since 2011

Public school advocacy groups are pointing out that inflation-adjusted per-student spending is lower than it was before the Great Recession. But I do not believe that ignoring the recession makes for a sound analysis. During the recession, a Democratic legislative majority cut state education spending significantly.  Since the 2010 elections, Republicans have boosted nominal per-pupilContinue Reading

Aldeman: NC teachers are not immune to broad economic trends

Here is a must-read blog post from Chad Aldeman, Associate Partner for Policy and Thought Leadership at Bellwether Education Partners. Aldeman observes, It may be tempting to conclude that the recent increases in the turnover rate are linked to policies adopted in North Carolina. There may be some of that going on—and indeed, if weContinue Reading

Progress NC should retract mistaken-ridden op-ed

Last week, Logan Smith, Communications Director for Progress North Carolina, posted another in a series of articles blaming Republican legislators for incremental increases in the state’s teacher turnover rate. Mr. Smith’s op-ed repeated a number of misleading claims, unsubstantiated causal connections, and, of course, included WalletHub’s suspect ranking of “best and worst” states to beContinue Reading

Time to merge Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange Co. Schools

According to an article published in the Chapel Hill News, A coalition called on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools on Wednesday night to put “race on the table” and end a decades-old achievement gap. Among other measures, the Campaign for Racial Equity in our Schools wants the district to end tracking, develop a race-conscious curriculum,Continue Reading

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