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2015-17 Biennium Budget Resources:

Highlights of the NC Public School Budget
A report that presents charts and tables which describe how state and federal funds are distributed to North Carolina's Public Schools. It also reviews the growth in average daily membership (ADM), the ABC's Financial Flexibility, and the effect of Charter Schools:

Top Five Myths of the Public Schools Budget
A column by NCDPI Chief Financial Officer Philip Price
Ninety percent of North Carolina's children attend public schools, and educating all 1.5 million of them costs the state about $8.7 billion in FY 2014-15. Add $3 billion in local funds and $1.4 billion in federal funds, and it's easy to understand why taxpayers and politicians care about the public school budget. Education at all levels is one-third of the state's annual budget and a large percentage of each local county's budget as well…

  • Funding Changes since FY 2008-09
    (pdf, 100kb)   LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

  • Trends: Growing Student Population, Fewer Dollars
    (pdf, 232kb)   LAST UPDATED: OCTOBER 20, 2015

2013-15 Biennial Budget Communications Resources

General Background Charts/Graphs

2014-15 Documents

  • NC Public Schools: Staff and Student Population Trends
    (pdf, 59kb)

  • NC Per Pupil Spending Ranking
    (pdf, 39kb)

2013-14 Documents

  • Public School Trends: Growing Student Population Served by Fewer Adults and Growing Student Population, Fewer Dollars (two charts)
    (pdf, 232kb)

  • North Carolina's Averaged Daily Membership 1994-2014
    (pdf, 19kb)

  • State Comparisons of Estimated Dollar Amount Spent Per Student in 2011-12
    (jpg, 726kb)

  • State Comparisons of Average Public School Teacher Salaries in 2011-12
    (jpg, 717kb)

  • Public School Appropriations Percent of the General Fund 1970-2013
    (pdf, 96kb)

  • Teacher Allotment Ratios 2012-13
    (pdf, 15kb)

  • NC Average Teacher Salary vs. National Average 1998-2012
    (pdf, 65kb)

  • NC Ranks Among Bottom Two States in Nation for School Finance
    2013 Quality Counts Report from Education Week (Released January 10, 2013)

2011-13 Biennium Budget Communications Resources