education finance

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    Guilford County Schools superintendent grateful N.C. legislature has increased public education funding

    Dr. Sharon Contreras, superintendent Guilford County Schools (GCS), testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor today. In her written testimony, she thanked the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly for increasing state appropriations for public schools.  She wrote, “I am grateful that the North Carolina state legislature has increased public education funding…
    Terry Stoops, February 12, 2019
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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.
    Terry Stoops, November 5, 2018
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    Brookings: States “deprived state governments of revenue”

    I’ll write about the entire Brookings study, Fixing Chronic Disinvestment in K-12 Schools, sometime soon.  For now, I’ll mention that this line did not sit well with me: Some of these cuts, particularly those made immediately following the recession, were a result of economic forces outside of states’ control. Once…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2018
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    Columbus County commissioners approve bailout of public schools

    WECT reports that Columbus County commissioners approved a plan to give Columbus County Schools $500,000 to relieve some of the district’s debt burden.  Whiteville City Schools will receive $200,000 due to a state law that requires city districts to receive comparable per-student funding to county systems. In April, WECT…
    Terry Stoops, August 24, 2018
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    N.C. school spending among most equitable in the nation

    In Why School Spending Is So Unequal, Governing data editor Mike Maciag examines variations in per-student expenditures within states.  While Alaska and Vermont have huge variations in student spending, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, and Florida have very little variation.  In general, states with the largest disparities rely on…
    Terry Stoops, August 7, 2018
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    Define terms like “adequate funding” and “full funding” of schools

    “NC Influencers say state needs to give schools enough money and close achievement gap” is an article that is part of the News & Observer’s The Influencer Series.  Here are a few quotes from the piece: “While many of these issues are very important, adequate funding is the most…
    Terry Stoops, July 2, 2018
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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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    New York Times tugs at heartstrings, ignores facts

    In “What Budget Cuts Mean for Third Graders in a Rural School,” Dana Goldstein of the New York Times writes about West Greene Elementary School in Snow Hill, N.C.  Goldstein writes, West Greene is one of many schools across the country dealing with…
    Terry Stoops, June 7, 2018