REPORT ON SCHOOL FUNDING | Making the Grade 2022 is out. North Carolina gets an F on funding level (how much money do schools get per pupil), a C on funding distribution (how much more money do high-poverty districts get than lower-poverty districts), and an F on funding effort (how much do states provide for schools relative to their overall gross domestic product).
The report ranks North Carolina 48th among the 50 states and DC in cost-adjusted, per-pupil funding level by state relative to national average, based on per-pupil revenue of $10,791, which they find is $4,655 below the national average. The report finds that when adjusted for inflation, spending in North Carolina is down 11% since 2008 — one of just six states to be down more than 10%.
North Carolina is among three states that have moved from regressive to mildly progressive in terms of funding distribution.
This report is published by the Education Law Center, which leads “state-based efforts to improve school funding equity and secure essential resources for all students,” according to the website.
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