• John Locke Update

    District Enrollment Dips as Charters Surge

    posted August 22, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published the final enrollment numbers for the 2016-17 school year.  Overall, there was a nearly 4,500-student or 0.3 percent year-to-year decrease in…
  • John Locke Update

    Enrollment Changes Have Consequences

    posted August 11, 2016 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Earlier this week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published the final 2015-16 student counts for all district and charter schools.  I used Average Daily Membership (ADM) data to…
  • Research Report

    Charter School Diversity: Too black, too white, or just right?

    posted May 19, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    A state law that mandates racial/ethnic balance for charter schools contradicts another law that requires charter schools to use an enrollment lottery when applicants outnumber available seats. It is impossible for charter schools to use random (lottery) and non-random (affirmative action) student selection mechanisms simultaneously.
  • Research Report

    No Bureaucrat Left Behind: N.C. public schools add staff at a much faster rate than enrollment

    posted May 27, 2009 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    North Carolina’s public schools continue to add administrative, non-instructional, and instructional support positions at rates that far exceed enrollment growth. Since 2000, North Carolina’s public school student enrollment (Average Daily Membership) has increased by approximately 13 percent, while school personnel has increased by nearly 18 percent. North Carolina’s pupil/staff ratio decreased from nearly 8:1 in 2003 to just over 7:1 in 2006.
  • Press Release

    Clear Sign of a Burgeoning Bureaucracy

    posted April 11, 2006
    RALEIGH – In the last eight years, North Carolina public schools have increased in personnel by 19 percent, a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight shows. Even school districts that are…
  • Research Report

    Public School Hiring Frenzy: As Personnel Increases, So Does Bureaucracy

    posted April 11, 2006 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Neither enrollment increases nor federal and state mandates can account for the 19 percent increase in school personnel over the last eight years. The glut of public school personnel hiring is evident in counties that have a declining student population. Despite losing nearly 10,000 students in eight years, these school districts added 819 employees. This shows that school districts actively maintain their bureaucracy even as the amount of work declines.

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