by Dr. Robert Luebke
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has released data on public school finances for 2021-22.
In Fiscal Year 2021-22, the average public school in North Carolina spent about $12,345 per student. That’s up from $10,753 in 2021, an increase of almost 15 percent.
What accounts for the increase? The Federal Government. According to NC DPI data, the state received about $3.34 in federal funds. Other records show about $2 billion was spent on covid relief. What does that mean for the average student? Federal spending per student increased almost 90 percent in the past year. Increasing from $1,298 in 2021 to $2,460 in 2022
The highest spending school districts in North Carlina by per pupil spending include:
Source: See Table 24, North Carolina Statistical Profile
The average private school tuition in North Carolina for 2022-23 is $9.652.