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How much did school districts spend last year?

Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released per-student expenditure data for the 2017-18 school year.

While most districts increased spending from 2017 to 2018, 10 districts spent less.  Overall, the state per-student expenditure increased by $306 compared to the year before, a 3.3 percent increase.

Name  2018 Total 2017 Total Difference
STATE TOTAL  $           9,478  $            9,172  $             306
Alamance-Burlington Schools  $           8,919  $            8,588  $             331
Alexander County Schools  $           9,381  $            8,988  $             393
Alleghany County Schools  $         12,142  $          11,995  $             147
Anson County Schools  $         10,600  $          10,456  $             144
Ashe County Schools  $         10,614  $          10,396  $             218
Asheboro City Schools  $           9,857  $            9,436  $             421
Asheville City Schools  $         12,790  $          11,601  $          1,188
Avery County Schools  $         12,018  $          11,930  $               88
Beaufort County Schools  $         10,215  $            9,712  $             503
Bertie County Schools  $         11,809  $          12,362  $            (553)
Bladen County Schools  $         10,683  $            9,919  $             764
Brunswick County Schools  $         10,043  $            9,740  $             303
Buncombe County Schools  $           9,940  $            9,406  $             535
Burke County Schools  $           9,139  $            8,832  $             307
Cabarrus County Schools  $           8,556  $            8,352  $             203
Caldwell County Schools  $           9,779  $            9,294  $             486
Camden County Schools  $           9,686  $            9,387  $             300
Carteret County Schools  $           9,914  $            9,722  $             191
Caswell County Schools  $         10,723  $            9,963  $             760
Catawba County Schools  $           8,435  $            8,371  $               64
Chapel-Hill/Carrboro City Schools  $         12,250  $          12,017  $             233
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools  $           9,178  $            8,842  $             336
Chatham County Schools  $         10,437  $          10,180  $             257
Cherokee County Schools  $         11,183  $          10,860  $             323
Clay County Schools  $         11,190  $          10,593  $             597
Cleveland County Schools  $           9,702  $            9,676  $               27
Clinton City Schools  $           9,854  $            9,454  $             400
Columbus County Schools  $           9,929  $            9,911  $               18
Craven County Schools  $           8,914  $            8,431  $             483
Cumberland County Schools  $           8,991  $            8,495  $             496
Currituck County Schools  $           9,795  $            9,639  $             156
Dare County Schools  $         11,592  $          11,217  $             375
Davidson County Schools  $           8,455  $            8,253  $             202
Davie County Schools  $           9,431  $            8,904  $             527
Duplin County Schools  $           9,309  $            9,248  $               61
Durham County Schools  $         11,084  $          10,641  $             443
Edenton-Chowan County Schools  $         11,124  $          10,635  $             489
Edgecombe County Schools  $         10,355  $            9,728  $             627
Elkin City Schools  $         10,085  $          10,086  $                (1)
Forsyth County Schools  $           9,612  $            9,234  $             378
Franklin County Schools  $           9,449  $            9,029  $             421
Gaston County Schools  $           8,794  $            8,497  $             297
Gates County Schools  $         11,581  $          11,569  $               12
Graham County Schools  $         12,318  $          11,963  $             355
Granville County Schools  $           9,593  $            9,286  $             307
Greene County Schools  $         10,627  $          10,247  $             381
Guilford County Schools  $           9,807  $            9,767  $               41
Halifax County Schools  $         12,938  $          11,550  $          1,388
Harnett County Schools  $           8,681  $            8,498  $             183
Haywood County Schools  $           9,473  $            9,170  $             303
Henderson County Schools  $           9,009  $            8,732  $             278
Hertford County Schools  $         11,446  $          10,775  $             671
Hickory City Schools  $           9,138  $            8,920  $             218
Hoke County Schools  $           8,989  $            8,869  $             120
Hyde County Schools  $         18,283  $          17,719  $             564
Iredell-Statesville Schools  $           8,606  $            8,253  $             353
Jackson County Schools  $           9,991  $            9,709  $             282
Johnston County Schools  $           8,720  $            8,575  $             145
Jones County Schools  $         14,113  $          13,061  $          1,052
Kannapolis City Schools  $           9,400  $            9,249  $             151
Lee County Schools  $           9,367  $            9,048  $             319
Lenoir County Schools  $           9,414  $            9,149  $             265
Lexington City Schools  $         10,593  $          10,260  $             333
Lincoln County Schools  $           8,188  $            8,151  $               37
Macon County Schools  $           9,857  $            9,894  $              (37)
Madison County Schools  $         10,580  $          10,651  $              (71)
Martin County Schools  $         11,499  $          11,001  $             498
McDowell County Schools  $           9,731  $            9,439  $             292
Mitchell County Schools  $         10,887  $          10,846  $               41
Montgomery County Schools  $         10,636  $          10,651  $              (15)
Moore County Schools  $           9,353  $            8,952  $             401
Mooresville City Schools  $           9,359  $            8,969  $             390
Mount Airy City Schools  $         10,845  $          10,442  $             403
Nash-Rocky Mount Schools  $           9,425  $            9,276  $             150
New Hanover County Schools  $           9,914  $            9,723  $             191
Newton-Conover City Schools  $           9,660  $            9,525  $             135
Northampton County Schools  $         14,467  $          13,866  $             602
Onslow County Schools  $           8,794  $            8,391  $             403
Orange County Schools  $         11,341  $          11,012  $             329
Pamlico County Schools  $         13,334  $          12,858  $             476
Pasquotank County Schools  $         10,132  $            9,704  $             428
Pender County Schools  $           8,944  $            8,526  $             418
Perquimans County Schools  $         11,474  $          11,089  $             385
Person County Schools  $           9,984  $            9,561  $             423
Pitt County Schools  $           9,166  $            8,823  $             343
Polk County Schools  $         12,015  $          11,492  $             522
Randolph County Schools  $           8,812  $            8,513  $             299
Richmond County Schools  $           9,672  $            9,305  $             367
Roanoke Rapids City Schools  $           9,752  $            9,394  $             358
Robeson County Schools  $         10,145  $            9,407  $             738
Rockingham County Schools  $           9,135  $            8,779  $             355
Rowan-Salisbury County Schools  $           9,683  $            9,206  $             478
Rutherford County Schools  $         10,093  $            9,819  $             274
Sampson County Schools  $           9,263  $            8,977  $             286
Scotland County Schools  $         11,005  $          10,641  $             365
Stanly County Schools  $           8,906  $            8,639  $             267
Stokes County Schools  $         10,102  $            9,771  $             331
Surry County Schools  $           9,430  $            9,117  $             314
Swain County Schools  $         11,223  $          11,193  $               30
Thomasville City Schools  $         11,394  $          10,716  $             678
Transylvania County Schools  $         10,891  $          10,980  $              (89)
Tyrrell County Schools  $         15,240  $          14,716  $             524
Union County Schools  $           8,670  $            8,403  $             267
Vance County Schools  $         10,655  $          10,836  $            (181)
Wake County Schools  $           9,080  $            8,742  $             338
Warren County Schools  $         12,863  $          12,093  $             770
Washington County Schools  $         13,429  $          12,676  $             753
Watauga County Schools  $         10,188  $          10,257  $              (70)
Wayne County Schools  $           9,118  $            8,894  $             224
Weldon City Schools  $         14,890  $          14,636  $             254
Whiteville City Schools  $           9,817  $            9,826  $                (9)
Wilkes County Schools  $           9,172  $            9,008  $             164
Wilson County Schools  $           9,376  $            8,822  $             555
Yadkin County Schools  $           9,510  $            9,584  $              (74)
Yancey County Schools  $         10,936  $          10,818  $             118

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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