education spending

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    State revenues as a percentage of total public school revenues

    The National Center for Education Statistics recently published The Condition of Education 2020, which is a compendium of education statistics and data collected and compiled by NCES researchers. One of the more interesting data points is state revenues as a percentage of total public school revenues.  In the Southeast,…
    Terry Stoops, May 26, 2020
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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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    Greene: The New “Causal” Research on School Spending is Not Causal

    Jay Greene’s analysis of a new Journal of Public Economics study of spending and student performance is a must-read.  Professor Greene writes, Some researchers and journalists have become very excited about a new set of studies that claim to find a causal relationship between increasing school spending and improving student outcomes. …
    Terry Stoops, February 25, 2020
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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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    “I’m a Teacher and a Waste of Money”

    In “I’m a Teacher and a Waste of Money,” Daniel Buck reflects on his experiences as a support teacher, wasteful spending in public schools, and the state of the profession generally.  Buck writes, I don’t mean to attack teaching as a discipline, or public education as a system. I…
    Terry Stoops, November 12, 2019