Category Archives: Budgets

In time for National Charter Schools Week: NC charters outperform districts

National Charter Schools Week is this week!  (Unlike Teacher Appreciation Week, National Charter Schools Week is a seven-day event.) To celebrate National Charter Schools Week, the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools published a comparison of charter and district performance on 2014-15 state tests.  Data, verified by NC Department of Public Instruction officials, compare overall proficiencyContinue Reading






Republicans raised salaries; NCAE didn’t

NC Association of Educators (NCAE) leaders continue to complain that the 10.3 percent average salary increase awarded to teachers by Republican legislators and Governor McCrory since 2013 is insufficient and even insulting. Yet, the North Carolina Staff Organization, which represent the NCAE’s unionized workforce, claims that NCAE staff “have not received a salary increase inContinue Reading






No, Republicans did not shut down NC New Schools

Yesterday, North Carolina New Schools, a nonprofit organization that specialized in developing early-college high schools, announced that they had closed.  Representatives of the group cited “cash flow problems that were directly related to growth and the speed of growth” as the reason. The group has received tens of millions of dollars in grants throughout theContinue Reading






Brian Lewis gets it right

I agree with Brian Lewis, former lobbyist for the NC Association of Educators and Managing Partner at New Frame, Inc. Let’s have an honest conversation about K-12 education spending – one that acknowledges all missteps along the way.






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith and Dan Way report for Carolina Journal Online on the prospects for a limited spending increase and additional tax cuts in the next N.C. state budget. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how recent state budget restraint has helped Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders as they address this year’s budget priorities.






Restraint in growth, tax cuts, investments in education, getting folks back to work – off to a good start

With the General Assembly set to begin the short session on Monday, discussion will focus on the 2016-17 state budget. We’ve heard the Governor’s priorities and have a good idea of where legislative leaders are headed. Think in excess of $22 billion in state funding, but (sit down, please) when you add in federal fundingContinue Reading






Economic impact of raising student achievement

Eric Hanushek, Jens Ruhose and Ludger Woessmann just published an amazing analysis of the economic benefits of increasing student performance to match regional, national, and international leaders. According to Hanusheck, Ruhose, and and Woessmann, raising academic achievement to the Minnesota level would produce 1.5 trillion in economic benefits over the next 80 years (the expectedContinue Reading






C’mon, Elon Poll people

The latest Elon University Poll asked 621 North Carolina residents the following question: In general, do you think teachers in North Carolina K through 12 public schools are paid too much, too little, or about right. Predictably, 85 percent of the respondents said that teachers are paid “too little.” Most North Carolinians have no ideaContinue Reading