Department of Public Instruction

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    State auditor report of DPI finds “significant misstatements and omissions”

    The Office of the Auditor published a financial statement audit of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the year ended June 30, 2019.  The independent audit discovered that DPI financial statements contained significant misstatements and omissions. DPI “concurs with the Auditor’s finding and recommendation,” and wrote…
    Terry Stoops, June 25, 2020
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    Mark Johnson accuses State Board of Education members of executing contract illegally

    In a June 11 letter to State Auditor Beth Wood, Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson calls out State Board of Education members Eric Davis and J.B. Buxton for executing a $30,822 contract with the Southern Regional Education Board to study the state accountability system. Johnson writes, I write you…
    Terry Stoops, June 17, 2020
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    State audit finds serious problems at the Department of Public Instruction

    The Office of the State Auditor released the Statewide Single Audit Report yesterday.  Findings related to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction include: The Department did not effectively monitor spending of the Title I, Part A22 subawards provided to local education agencies (LEA) and charter schools (collectively called subrecipients).
    Terry Stoops, April 30, 2020
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    C’mon, DPI, get it together

    Slide from the September 5 presentation by the Special Committee on NCDPI Transformation:…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018
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    No shocking revelations from Mark Johnson’s internal communications

    In “Emails, texts reveal NC superintendent’s internal discussions about teacher rally,” WRAL reporter Kelly Hinchcliffe examined the internal communications of Mark Johnson’s staff in the days leading up to the May 16 teacher walkout in Raleigh. In the weeks leading up to the rally, State Superintendent Mark Johnson sought…
    Terry Stoops, June 14, 2018
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    Ever wonder about DPI’s budget?

    The State Board of Education held a budget and strategic planning session Wednesday.  Included in that discussion was the budget for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  The following PowerPoint slide is an overview of the budget for the current school year:          …
    Terry Stoops, January 31, 2018
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    State superintendent salaries: Mark Johnson is 36th in the nation

    Education Week collected state superintendent salaries for all 50 states and Washington, D.C. North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson’s salary of $127,561 was a bit on the low side – 36th in the nation. It is also far below the national average of $174,000 a year.  Interestingly,…
    Terry Stoops, November 1, 2017
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    Details of education department cuts emerge

    WRAL reports that the State Board of Education approved their initial cuts to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget.  The $2.5 million in cuts were mandated by the General Assembly in an effort to reduce the state’s sizable public education bureaucracy. Measures that will reduce overhead expenditures…
    Terry Stoops, July 25, 2017