Category Archives: Gov. Pat McCrory

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

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

No reason to celebrate Wake County raises

Over the last few weeks, the NC Association of Educators, the Wake Education Partnership, and other public school advocacy organizations have praised Wake County commissioners and school board members for increasing the local salary supplements for teachers, staff, and administrators this year.  The mainstream media interviewed teachers who could not contain their excitement over theContinue Reading

21 states have increased transportation revenue since 2012, and NC is one of them…

New Carolina Journal Online features

Carolina Journal Online reports that Gov. Pat McCrory’s office has confirmed that the governor held an unpublicized meeting with a “candidate” for the UNC system president’s job. That meeting, earlier reported to have been held last week with former U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, preceded UNC’s announcement Tuesday that a new president will be announcedContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online that embattled UNC Board of Governors chairman John Fennebresque and former U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings left a closed session of the BOG last week for a secret meeting with Gov. Pat McCrory. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal highlights parents’ interest in limiting the federal government’s role in publicContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Western Carolina University economist Edward Lopez about the lessons we can learn today from Milton Friedman’s 1962 classic, Capitalism and Freedom. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal focuses on the philosophical divide between N.C. government central planners and fans of the free market.