Report finds persistent spending gap in wealthy and poor public school districts

Jan 13, 2014

The Public School Forum of North Carolina report says public school resources provided by the state’s ten highest wealth counties was over $59,000 more per classroom than the lowest spending counties. The study blamed a wide variation in property wealth across the state. It said the 25 wealthiest counties had nearly $1.5 million in real estate wealth available per child in the 2011-2012 school year compared to about $394,000 for the bottom 25 counties. The spending gap persists despite the poorest counties taxing at a rate about 43 cents higher than the wealthiest. The spending gap per student was $2280.  The one thing high and low spending counties had in common… they both spent about $15 less per student from the prior year. I’m George Olsen.