The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) recently updated a graph detailing changes to state per pupil funding.

It is interesting for two reasons.  First, if Republicans leaders continue to follow the trend depicted below, then North Carolina’s K-12 budget will receive a sizable boost next year.

Second, it shows how Democrats slashed state education funding during the Great Recession.  (Note: Follow the pink bars.  The green and blue bars represent federal stimulus funds.)  During the 2010-11 school year, state funding was just above $5,100 per student.  This year, state funds will provide nearly $5,750 per student.  Whether this was a good or bad thing is a discussion for another time.

I have seen some folks use the 2008-09 school year as the baseline, even though Democrats passed two subsequent budgets.  The first budget under a Republican legislative majority funded public schools for the 2011-12 school year.  Indeed, a more defensible baseline would be the 2010-11 school year (Democratic budget) or the 2011-12 school year (Republican budget).

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