Breaking up is hard to do
RALEIGH — Want to make North Carolina public education more cost-effective?
You should. Even though our state isn’t a big spender by American standards – our total expenditure for elementary and secondary schools of about $9,000 per pupil is lower than the national average – public education is still the single-largest expenditure of state tax dollars. And the “American standard” is far in excess of the world standard. North Carolina alone spends more money per student on public education than do the vast majority of industrialized countries.
Furthermore, the outcomes of education are critically important. States with high-performing students experience significantly faster economic growth than states with low-performing students, reflecting the value of human capital (knowledge and ...