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Elective Surgery: Budget deficits require elected officials to reassess course offerings

posted on in Education (PreK-12), Energy & Environment, Health Care & Human Services, Law & Regulation, Spending & Taxes, Transportation
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Key facts:

  • During the 2009-10 school year, North Carolina’s public schools offered nearly 540 different courses, nearly a 100-course increase from ten years ago.
  • According to course membership data for the 2009-10 school year, North Carolina public schools had 208 undersubscribed high school courses, 65 undersubscribed middle school courses, and twelve undersubscribed elementary school courses.
  • A statewide curriculum audit would be a sound way to reduce costs and refocus our curriculum on core skills.


Spotlight 406 Elective Surgery: Budget deficits require elected officials to reassess course offerings

As Vice President for Research, Terry oversees the research team’s writing and analysis across the spectrum of public policy issues. He specializes in pre-K-12 education. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the program assistant for the Child Welfare… ...

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