education funding

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    Red4Ed Walk-Ins

    Today, the N.C. Association of Educators and Red4Ed urged teachers to picket before school today.  They want the General Assembly to agree to, among other things, Medicaid expansion, a 5 percent across-the-board salary increase for all district employees, and a $15 minimum wage for hourly workers. Below is a photo…
    Terry Stoops, November 13, 2019
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    How much did your school district spend last year?

    As I mentioned in two previous blog posts, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction just released figures for the 2018-19 school year. Note that city school systems follow the county in which they operate, e.g., Asheville City Schools follows Buncombe County Schools. Ranks: 1 = highest (Hyde County Schools) and 116…
    Terry Stoops, November 13, 2019
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    On average, charter schools spent less per student than districts last year

    As I mentioned in another blog post, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction just released figures for the 2018-19 school year. In terms of operating expenditures, the per-student average for districts was $9,865.04, while the per-student average for charters was $9,398.42.  The district figure does not include capital spending or…
    Terry Stoops, November 13, 2019
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    New per-pupil expenditure figures published

    On average, how much did district schools spend on each student last year?  The N.C. Department of Public Instruction just released figures for the 2018-19 school year. State funds: $6,479.36 ($6,153.92 in 2017-18) Federal funds: $975.38 ($1,018.14 in 2017-18) Local funds: $2,410.30 ($2,306.31 in 2017-18) Total funds: $9,865.04 ($9,478.37…
    Terry Stoops, November 13, 2019
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    Money Isn’t Everything, So Why Do We Pretend It Is in Education?

    This week, JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops published a research brief on K-12 education funding, prompted by the Education Law Center’s recent report “Making the Grade 2019.” Dr. Stoops writes: [The] report that focuses exclusively on three categories of public school inputs: funding levels, distribution, and effort using data from…
    Brenee Goforth, November 12, 2019
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    Cooper vetoes raises for public school teachers and staff

    Republican elected officials and campaign staff must be ecstatic right now.  Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would have granted raises to public school teachers and staff. The ads will write themselves.    …
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2019
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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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    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