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Because we said so…

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Feb
22

Forty-Ninth.   According to educational activists and law makers that’s North Carolina’s purported ranking among the fifty states on per pupil spending. Over the last several months it’s been difficult to avoid a conversation when the number hasn’t been invoked as a reason why we need to spend more on public education.

Where did the number come from?  Good question.  My colleague Terry Stoops of the John Locke Foundation has been one of the few researchers who has openly challenged the ranking. Yesterday Stoops, Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation, reported that North Carolina is 42nd in per pupil sending — not 49th.  He cites statistics from the National Education Association’s Rankings of the States 2011 and Estimates of School Statistics 2012.  Last year NEA reported North Carolina was 45th in per pupil spending.

So when the legislature passed a thinner budget last June, many howled that North Carolina spending for education  had fallen relative to other states.  The only problem: they failed to realize other states pass budgets too. I guess it's also worth reporting that  North Carolina’s relative ranking on per pupil spending did not decline as previously reported; but actually increased three spots.

Do you think you'll find that reported in many publications?

4 Comments on this post

  • randwrong says:
    Feb 22 at 15:46

    Oh well so pat yourselves on the back for that being in the lowest of the low. Republicans are making NC look like a backwater full of dopes. This native of NC is getting tired of the clowns down in Raleigh doing their dead level best to destroy this state… VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!!

  • randwrong says:
    Feb 22 at 15:49

    plus BOB has never checked a fact in his life- lol – this site is so full of spite and lies it should have a disclaimer banner" ART POPE's PROPAGANDA" All the lies, all the time.

  • Mike P. says:
    Feb 22 at 18:21

    Because per-pupil annual spending is a sure-fire way to increase student performance…that must be why the D.C. public schools are the best in the country, right?

  • ihatestupid says:
    Feb 27 at 16:34

    mike p actually to educate you poverty and performance are a clear indicator of future success- that is why DC schools do so poorly and charters are only making the problem worse… you see those charter schools that Rhee touted didn't actually make any gains they just skewed the results..