by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced the National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022. Overall, the U.S. Department of Education recognized 297 schools for outstanding academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps.
Five North Carolina public schools made the list. Only one of those schools spent more than $10,753 per student, the statewide average operating expenditure in 2021.
Congratulations to North Carolina’s National Blue Ribbon Schools! They prove that public schools can succeed regardless of the size of their budget.
Note: Weatherstone Elementary’s expenditure was $10,008 per student, not $10,800 as initially posted. I apologize for the transcription error.