by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
In “What Budget Cuts Mean for Third Graders in a Rural School,” Dana Goldstein of the New York Times writes about West Greene Elementary School in Snow Hill, N.C. Goldstein writes,
West Greene is one of many schools across the country dealing with the effects of funding cuts, from broken-down buses to donated supplies to teachers who work second jobs. In other North Carolina counties, and in five other states, teachers frustrated by these issues have walked out of their classrooms in recent months to protest state lawmakers.
The problem with that narrative is that Greene County Schools spends an average of $10,247 per student, which is over $500 per student more than the district spent in 2015. It is also more than $1,000 per student more than the state average expenditure of $9,172. These figures were omitted from the article.