The Washington post article claims national per pupil spending dropped for the third straight year.
At the bottom of the excerpt NCPSF includes is this:
According to the report, North Carolina ranked 44th with the state’s per-pupil spending at $8,342. The data included all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Only Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Arizona, Idaho, and Utah spend less per-pupil than North Carolina.
That’s not accurate. North Carolina’s per pupil spending has increased yearly since 2011 and was at an all-time high in 2015. In fact, the majority of NC Districts spent close to $9,200 per kid in 2015, as Dr. Stoops noted:
When you include state ($5,638), federal ($1,005), local ($2,133), and 5-year average capital ($406) dollars, the state’s per-pupil expenditure totaled $9,182 last year.
In addition, 85 of North Carolina’s 115 school districts spent more than $9,000/student on operating and capital expenses. No district spent less than $7,300 per student
History has proven that spending more money does not translate to more success. Spending money smarter does.
— A.P. Dillon – LL1885 (@LadyLiberty1885) January 20, 2016