The Editor's Notes

Making cents of education funding

From early childhood to pre-K to K-12 to higher education including our community colleges and the UNC system, we were asked who is in charge, what are the sources of funding, what is the money being spent on, and to identify the pressure points where investments could make a difference. Our thanks to Ret Boney and the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers for being our thought partner on this project.

State appropriations are part of much bigger budget pie. How much money is needed to fund a 21st century education system? And how would you allocate those funds?

This research is a work in progress. We would love your feedback. If you know other sources of revenue for our education system, please let us know. My thanks to my colleagues who helped me with this project.

About the authors

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Mebane attended Irwin Elementary, First Ward Elementary, McClintock Middle, and East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1990 and the UNC School of Law in 1993. At the UNC School of Law, she was a member of the North Carolina Law Review.… Read full bio »

John Quinterno is a principal with South by North Strategies, Ltd. in Chapel Hill and the author of “Running the Numbers: A Practical Guide to Regional Economic and Social Analysis” (New York: Routledge).

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