Sen. Berger’s Pathetic Response To WestEd’s LEANDRO Report


As the Leandro Report by WestEd was released, it was no doubt that those who have been at the helm of budgetary control in North Carolina would try and deflect the report’s findings.

Sen Berger’s spokesperson Pat Ryan offered the senator’s thoughts and those thoughts show an absolute denial of culpability.

“Money doesn’t buy outcomes,” Pat Ryan, a spokesman for Republican Senate leader Phil Berger, said in a statement Tuesday.

Makes one wonder if that very thought is communicated concerning campaign financing by Sen. Berger because, well, you know, money doesn’t buy outcomes.

Then in the same news report from the N & O,

But Ryan said per-pupil expenditures are currently $10,500 per student, and that this year’s budget spends more than $10 billion on K-12 education.

Ryan said North Carolina already spends a higher share of its revenue on schools than 33 other states and provides more funding to poor school districts than to wealthy ones.

Ryan and Berger are going to have to do some crafty spinning to show how we are spending $10,500 per student. Why? Because the report says,

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And that part about how we as a state spends a higher share of its revenue on public education? Well, Ryan is neglecting to tell you that that is what is stipulated by the state constitution.

It’s hard to compare how NC funds public education to other states when each state uses a different formula. How North Carolina funds schools with federal, state, and local dollars really is not the same as other states as far as what percentage comes from which entity because the real measurement is how much money is invested in schools overall.

In fact, the Leandro Report explains that.

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It’s funny how Berger and his cronies will gladly include local supplements from local funds to boost their argument for average teacher pay, but in this instance they do not consider local funding.

It doesn’t fit their narrative.

And by the way, only 9 other states have a population that is larger than North Carolina.