What NC Is Spending For Public Schools – 2008-2009 Versus 2019-2020

This morning Rob Schofield published a piece on NC Policy Watch explaining the negative effects of the budget that Sen. Phil Berger and others in the NCGA are pushing.

The second dealt with public education.

#2 – Further undermining the state’s desperately underfunded public schools – As veteran education policy analyst Kris Nordstrom explained in July, there are myriad ways to illustrate the damage the state lawmakers are doing to North Carolina’s once-proud and now-threadbare public education system, but here are three that tell you about all you need to know:

  • Overall, the conference budget would have left total school funding 2.9 percent below pre-Recession levels when adjusted for enrollment growth and inflation. This figure underestimates the actual budget pressures faced by North Carolina’s public schools, as schools’ largest cost drivers – salary and benefit costs – have increased faster than traditional measures of inflation.

  • Of the 24 biggest allotments in FY 08-09, 20 of them remain below their pre-Recession levels (see tables here and here).

  • North Carolina would continue to spend significantly less per pupil than South Carolina.

The tables referred to in the second bullet point are as follows (credit to Kris Nordstrom):

While the second table does not have a dollar amount attached to the figures, what it shows is that not as many classroom teachers, support personnel, and administrators are being financed now as they were a little over ten years ago.

Just for clarification, the US Inflation Calculator states that from 2008 to 2019, we have experienced a cumulative inflation of %19.3.

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And NC also has a public university system that it supports.

In 2008-2009, this was the cost of attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill per semester.

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$2698.38 for resident students. That would translate to…

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$3217.95.

But this is what it is now.

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$4493.25.

And don’t forget, NC has a really big state budget surplus according to Phil and Tim.

 

4 thoughts on “What NC Is Spending For Public Schools – 2008-2009 Versus 2019-2020

  1. This is why I disagree with Gov. Cooper’s avg. 9% pay plan. It is not enough to replace what teachers have lost to inflation over a decade of GOP malfeasance. Only the original House plan, pre-conference came close, even if it meant waiting until 1-1-20 for it to take effect because where are we at now.

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  2. Deborah Conrad still hasn’t responded to my email with Google sheets showing where my salary is essentially flat or behind inflation thanks to the GOP.

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