education budget

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    Meaningless statistic hits highest point in over decade

    Public school advocacy groups claim that public school appropriation as a percent of the North Carolina General Fund is indicative of the legislature’s commitment to public schools.  Instead, it mostly reflects the expansion of other parts of the state budget, particularly health and human services. Regardless, the next time someone…
    Terry Stoops, May 19, 2020
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    Allow taxpayers to opt out of tax refund plan

    North Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would refund $900 million to taxpayers.  Carolina Journal reporter Lindsay Marchello writes, The bill intends to refund $900 million in surplus tax revenue. Lawmakers learned earlier this summer that income-tax payments and sales-tax collections ran higher than expected. Republican legislative leaders want…
    Terry Stoops, August 28, 2019
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    N.C. Senate education budget highlights

    Republican leaders in the N.C. Senate released their budget proposal on Tuesday.  The two-year plan would invest in school safety initiatives, allow teachers to make decisions about school supply purchases, and of course, raise teacher salaries. The budget funds a variety of grants designed to ensure the safety of students…
    Terry Stoops, May 29, 2019
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    Share of state education funding

    The National Center for Education Statistics released The Condition of Education 2019 this week.  It’s packed with juicy data. I thought that one data point was worth highlighting: the percentage of state revenues dedicated to K-12 schools in 2016.  Only a handful of other states contribute a larger share…
    Terry Stoops, May 23, 2019
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    Teachers thank county commission but not state lawmakers?

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teachers will see a bump in pay courtesy of the new county budget.  On Twitter, Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer writes, “Lots of teachers & CMS advocates saying ‘thank you’.” Apparently, the same teachers cannot extend the courtesy to the N.C. General Assembly, which approved…
    Terry Stoops, June 20, 2018
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    In NC, the state government does heavy lifting in K-12 education

    The National Center for Education Statistics just released The Condition of Education 2018, and I plan to post a bunch of stuff from the report. The first is state revenues for K-12 education as a percentage of total public school revenues.  Please note that the data are from 2015.
    Terry Stoops, May 23, 2018
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    N.C. not one of 20 states to cut K-12 spending this year

    Fiscal Survey of the States, an annual publication of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), indicates that North Carolina’s budget is on the right track. For obvious reasons, I was most interested in the list of states that were forced to cut their K-12 education budget…
    Terry Stoops, June 15, 2017
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    State education funding reaches $8.64 billion

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released their Highlights 2017 document late last week. Here is a chart from that document detailing state education funding from 2003 to 2017:…
    Terry Stoops, February 27, 2017