school finance

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    How much will public schools receive in COVID-19 supplemental funds?

    Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper pulled $50 million from reserve accounts and funds set aside for summer reading camps (which will not occur this summer for obvious reasons).  Districts and charters have the flexibility to use the funds for activities related to school nutrition, school and community-based child care,…
    Terry Stoops, April 1, 2020
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    Wild times in Johnston County

    The Johnston County Schools has an $8.8 million budget deficit, and school board member Ronald Johnson claimed that the superintendent and some school board members were up to no good.  In response, school board members pushed back on Johnson’s claims.  On Friday, interim school superintendent Jim Causby resigned.  Causby…
    Terry Stoops, January 13, 2020
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    School finance officers want more money and more flexibility

    WUNC profiles finance officers from a few North Carolina school districts.  They want the state to send them more money (naturally) and grant districts more budgetary flexibility.  The latter is one of the goals of the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform, which is considering ways…
    Terry Stoops, August 31, 2018
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    School finances in Wilkes County

    The Wilkes Journal-Patriot recently published an overview of Wilkes County Schools finances.  It is a good window into how school districts manage their money and some of the constraints on them. Here are a few highlights and observations: According to Wilkes School Finance Director Seth…
    Terry Stoops, July 6, 2017
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    Local School Finance Study published

    The Public School Forum of North Carolina released their 2017 Local School Finance Study, a report that examines roughly one-fourth funding for public schools in North Carolina. The other three-fourths of the funding, which come from state and federal sources, are excluded.  WRAL says that the report…
    Terry Stoops, March 30, 2017