Not a “Top 10” That NC Should Want To Be In For Education

The Bluegrass Institute has an interesting list of how deep each state is into the federal funding trough.

The Bluegrass Institute pulls the numbers from the most recent US Census Bureau’s Public Education Finances documents.

North Carolina made the top ten. In fact, we are actually number ten. This is not good.

money trapIn an age where everyone seems to think throwing more money at education is the solution, however  history and experience have proven that’s not the case.

Federal money is often a trap with strings attached and states needs to pay attention.

In fact, there’s an argument to be made that the more money we are on the hook for to the Fed, the more they control what the state does. Also, the cost of applying for these federal dollars by the state overall often exceeds the amount received.

Here is the break out of the North Carolina numbers via the 2015 published report.

Total revenue: $12,729, 402
Federal: $1,579,889 (12.41%)
State: $7,891,977 (62%)
Local: $3,257,536 (25.59%)

Bear in mind that this report was based on 2013 information and published in 2015.

Below is a look back over the last ten years via the US Census historical data.

Remember that under Supt. Atkinson’s watch, NC took over half a billion dollars in Federal funds in 2010 — $499 million of which was in just one grant, Race To The Top. Race To The Top brought us Common Core.

The grant was actually received in 2011, which shows the biggest federal money total over the ten-year period.  Atkinson has been Superintendent since 2005; she was first elected in 2004.

2012
Total revenue: $12,788,659
Federal: $1,831,095
State: $7,648,102
Local: $3,309,542

2011
Total revenue: $14,409,515
Federal: $2,046,954
State: $7,488,570
Local: $4,873,991

2010
Total revenue: $16,621,268
Federal: $1,927,843
State: $7,451,302
Local: $7,242,123

2009
Total revenue: $15,410562
Federal: $1,376,661
State: $8,229,140
Local: $5,803,761

2008
Total revenue: $13,610,362
Federal: $1,240,410
State: $8,009,636
Local: $4,360,280

2007
Total revenue: $13,051,906
Federal: $1,584,934
State: $7,481,148
Local: $4,395,824

2006
Total revenue: $11,708,667
Federal: $1,184,622
State: $6,846,954
Local: $3,677,091

2005
Total revenue: $11,708,667
Federal: $1,184,662
State: $6,846,994
Local: $3,677,091

2004
Total revenue: $10,567,443
Federal: $1,019,981
State: $6,115,388
Local: $3,432,074

2003
Total revenue: $9,905,507
Federal: $888,996
State: $5,970,302
Local: $3,046,209

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About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor at American Lens. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com. Her past writing can also be found at IJ review, Breitbart, FOX news, Da Tech Guy Blog, Heartland Institute, Civitas Institute and StopCommonCoreNC.org. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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