by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
According to a new Education Trust report, North Carolina’s high poverty districts receive around 11 percent more funding than their wealthy counterparts, making it one of the most progressive funding systems in the nation.
This is important because some organizations argue that disparities in local tax revenue for public schools, which account for one-quarter of their total revenues, necessitates legal or legislative action. The way that North Carolina funds its public schools, however, ensures that state dollars more than compensate for those disparities.