by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
On average, how much did district schools spend on each student last year? The N.C. Department of Public Instruction just released figures for the 2018-19 school year.
State funds: $6,479.36 ($6,153.92 in 2017-18)
Federal funds: $975.38 ($1,018.14 in 2017-18)
Local funds: $2,410.30 ($2,306.31 in 2017-18)
Total funds: $9,865.04 ($9,478.37 in 2017-18)
Capital (5-year average): $750.01 ($627.02 in 2017-18)
State, local, and capital funds are increasing, while federal funds are dropping. In fact, 2014 was the last year that federal funds dropped below $1,000 per student.