Category Archives: Budgets

DPI: State education funding up over $200 per student this year

About a week ago, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) updated a one-page document titled Trends: Growing Student Population, Fewer Dollars.  The publication was developed in 2012 by an advisor to Governor Bev Perdue and was later posted on the N.C. DPI website, as I explain here.  Now that Bev Perdue has moved on,Continue Reading

ABC 11: Obscure website pans NC spending trends

How many times have you heard someone begin a conversation with, “I was on the website earlier today…”? was founded in 2012 and is in the business of ranking stuff and selling advertising on their website.  For example, the small Washington D.C.-based company recently ranked North Carolina 37th on a list of mostContinue Reading

Government spending that resembles the undead

The headline is “Zombie Spending,” but it’s the subheadline of Michael Tanner‘s latest National Review Online column that generates a chuckle: “If you try to kill a government program, you’ll only make it mad.” Aficionados of horror movies know that the monster is never really dead when you think it is. It may be down,Continue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that a section of Interstate 77 could become the first highway in the state to use flexible toll pricing. John Hood’s Daily Journal outlines the fiscal conservative’s approach to public debt.

The Left’s new school funding argument

On Thursday, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) published “Funding North Carolina’s Public Schools: Changes Since FY 2008-09.” The two-page note formed the basis of a piece by editorial page editor Ned Barnett (NB) of the News & Observer among others. I had hoped to provide a more detailed response to both, but mostContinue Reading

NCLB-mandated turnover may have benefitted NC students

In a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, Thomas Ahn of the University of Kentucky and Jacob Vigdor of the University of Washington examined the performance of North Carolina public school students who attended schools that were subject to sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.  Schools that did notContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Jenna Ashley Robinson of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy about potential budget savings in the UNC system. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal pokes holes in the myth about N.C. education budget cuts.

Iredell bond campaign follows playbook, uses kids as props

Cute kids. Ugly politics. More from the Our Schools First Facebook page: