North Carolina Ranks 42nd In Per Student Spending

North Carolina now ranks 42nd nationwide for the amount of money spent per student in public schools, which is a better ranking than last year. That's despite spending going down.

North Carolina Association of Educators' President Sheri Strickland says the data show schools are hurting.

Terry Stoops with the conservative John Locke Foundation wrote the figures dismiss allegations by some that North Carolina ranks 49th.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 01:48 AM
    The money should be directed to the classroom. Money spent on free daycare at the Preschool level should be spent in the K-12, for science and math programs. North Carolina should be in the 50% range terms of per student spending rankings.
  • by angry Location: greenville on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:48 PM
    The corrupt leaders we have need to cut the social programs and put that money back into the schools. Why not close mental health and social services entirely? Schools are the only thing the state funds that actually put more money back into the economy than was invested.
  • by Vince Location: Washington on Feb 22, 2012 at 04:28 PM
    Someone please help me interpret this. It says 42nd is a better ranking than last year. Does that mean that we had a higher or lower ranking than last year? A better ranking to me would be a higher ranking this year... meaning we are now spending less per student. Our state is currently spending way too much on education, about half of our state's budget. Throwing more money at education has not helped anything. We need to restructure the education system before we throw another penny toward it.
  • by Nancy on Feb 22, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    More money is not the answer! We have plenty of funding. The problem is schools are asked to do so many things that are not related to teaching. North Carolina sold its soul to the devil when it accepted Race to the Top funding. Ask any educator and they'll tell you the same. Too much government intervention makes it bad for public schools.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Feb 22, 2012 at 02:56 PM
    $3 billion dollar budget shortfall under the dems. Under Republicans we have a balanced budget, lower taxes, and more spending per student on education. Gonna be a tough year dems!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 05:41 PM in reply to Dave
      And students that can't compete.
  • by Red Nex on Feb 22, 2012 at 02:49 PM
    Geez, this isnt really news. Just look at the state SAT rankings and you can see that NC is at the bottom.
  • by To anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 01:38 PM
    NC Lottery money is used for salaries and other expenses. This happened when budgets were cut. They even ran a commercial that airs talking about the NC lottery saving jobs in the schools.
  • by billings Location: gville on Feb 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM
    Just turn public education over to the Unions....we want "thugs" runnin things
  • by blake Location: gville on Feb 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM
    North Dakota ranks 48th in per student spending yet they rank 2nd on acheivement test... The US ranks 2nd in per student spending worlwide yet we rank 17th on student acheive test, wordwide!
  • by History Speaks here on Feb 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM
    I see a lot of hedging but rarely anyone facing the simple hard truth. Less state funding is being directed to schools and as a state we are refusing to pay for what we use. You can tout increasing efficiency and corruption all you want but if the money isn't there it isn't there. With our state's march towards slashing tax revenues to gain political position we have done ourselves a disservice. We've adopted a mentality that we can have it all without paying for it. In 1969-1970 we spent 52.5% of our state budget on educcation, currently we spend 37.6%. Since most people commenting here are products of better school funding, I'll let you do the math on that. It seems most commenters here want a scapegoat or the easy way out. It's easy to say corruption and "don't throw money at the problem" but that doesn't solve the problem. There will always be some waste, it's impossible to competely eliminate but more spending is needed. If that requires higher taxes, I am willing to pay them. I enjoyed a free public education and I will not short change future generations because of my own greed.
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