School Funding

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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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    EdBuild: NC funds its schools equitably

    Some education advocacy organizations claim that North Carolina does not fund its school equitably, that is, the state fails to provide additional funding to its highest need public school students.  But those analyses are based on local funding differentials that fail to take into account state funding, which is, by…
    Terry Stoops, February 26, 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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    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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    How Much Money Is Enough for Education?

    I have been asking that question for years, and the education establishment seems to always answer, “Just a little bit more!” Well, last month the Michigan Supreme Court dismissed a case brought by 450 local school districts claiming they were underfunded. The ruling from the court stated the plaintiffs…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, January 6, 2015