education funding

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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
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    Pay teachers like South Carolina does?

    At a panel discussion this morning, I objected to a talking point that a fellow participant used during the event.  He complained that North Carolina’s teacher salaries were losing ground to South Carolina.  I pointed out that South Carolina’s public schools receive a much higher percentage of its funding from…
    Terry Stoops, October 4, 2018
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    Greene County Schools: Innovative and well-funded

    This press release from Greene County Schools is a bit much. When in the right hands, great challenge can bring great gifts. As a high poverty district in North Carolina, Greene County Schools confronts funding and equity issues constantly. Yet, they have been fortunate to have leadership relentlessly committed…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 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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    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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    Total state public school appropriations near $9 billion mark

    Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget 2018.  I have already noted that the average base teacher salary is now $51,214, an increase of $1,245 over the year before. Here is a summary of state education appropriations since…
    Terry Stoops, March 5, 2018
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    Education Trust: NC has a progressive school funding system

    According to a new Education Trust report, North Carolina’s high poverty districts receive around 11 percent more funding than their wealthy counterparts, making it one of the most progressive funding systems in the nation. This is important because some organizations argue that disparities in local tax revenue for public…
    Terry Stoops, February 27, 2018