Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

Wake County shifts funds to cover cuts to education budget

This just in from Wake County Public Schools:trackingCuts-web-600

WCPSS budget staff has received the district’s final budget allotments from the state and is recommending reallocating $3.5 million from other school system revenues to cover shortfalls in state funding.

The funding would carry the district through 2013-14 but will not provide a long-term solution to cover recurring reductions, Chief Business Officer David Neter said at a Board of Education work session on September 3.

“The adjustments being recommended today from one-time sources are not sustainable,” and will have to continue to be addressed next year and beyond, Neter told the board.

Overall, WCPSS saw significant state funding reductions for teachers, teacher assistants and other instructional support for 2013-14.

A large portion of these cuts was offset when state leaders also lifted a discretionary reduction, a cost-saving measure that has been in place since the recession, Neter explained. The district plans to address the remaining budget gap through savings in other areas, as well as the one-time reallocation of the $3.5 million from other school system revenues.

Check out our growing list of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts for the 2013-14 school year.


  1. Alan

    September 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm


    It’s time for your 4.8% increase in spending comment…

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    September 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Just for full disclosure, here is an article on how the foundation for severe “under funding” was laid by past progresso/liberal regimes. (I did not link to the study as the pdf is large and may jam your computer) but feel free to peruse if you are curious.

    Just some highlights of what your progressive democrat buddies were doing while you were looking the other way. According to the report the democrat party decimated spending…and the current NCGA is having to dig out of a huge fiscal hole:

    •Median inflation-adjusted per-pupil expenditures dropped by 3.4 percent between 2010 and 2011. It was among the largest statewide decreases in education spending during this period.
    •In 2010, North Carolina ranked 42nd in median inflation-adjusted per-pupil expenditure ($8,990)
    •In 2011, North Carolina ranked 43rd in median inflation-adjusted per-pupil expenditure ($8,684

  3. Alan

    September 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Yet more Civitas/JLF rhetoric from LSD, both trusted sourced of disinformation…

    LSD, time you came out of the closet and disclosed who you work for…

  4. gregflynn

    September 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Poor Doug, for starters 1652KB = 1.7MB, so not so big. Next, when comparing two years, only one gets to be inflation adjusted.

    As to relying on John Locke cherry picking, one thing you fail to understand that these numbers don’t represent statewide spending averages. These are “median” numbers of spending by individual districts (of which there are 115 in NC), not statewide per pupil averages. The “median” district spending used in 09-10 was $8,813 inflation adjusted to the $8,990 number.

    The actual per pupil spending for those years, based on DPI data, is closer and hardly “decimated”:
    2009-2010 $8,451
    2010-2011 $8,414

    You may also remember a little something called the global recession that happened around that time that seriously affected state and local revenue. I love how the right can simultaneously criticize for spending too much and for spending too little.

  5. LSD

    September 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Well greggy….we can’t all afford the superduperroadrunner or whatever you have.

    As far as your comment…it is a classic case of the scientific law of The Ignorance of Liberalism. So get this. There is an approximately $400 million INCREASE in funding this year which is “dismantling our public schools”. But you then go on to promote an actual DECREASE of approximately $40 million as “hardly decimated”. You guys need to at least be consistent and/or honest with yourselves. And just because we were in a recession at the time is a true cop out in that (again according to this blog) we are in a similar situation in the state right now with the high unemployment, not enough taxes being collected, etc. Back in those years the NCGA could have made the same choices to not “dismantle” schools by keeping them flat or giving them a generous increase. After all, the government has unlimited funds according to sources here.

  6. gregflynn

    September 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Poor sad little LSD. Education funding is complicated isn’t it? It must be hurting your head something awful. Why else would you be so rude and obnoxious?

    Hey, if you get to round up $360 million by $40 million to $400 million, then I get to round down $40 million to zero. Flat enough?

    But wait there’s more! When you back out pension and healthcare funding adjustments from that $360 million, plus a raise that was promised last year, but not funded, you’re left with only about $28 million to go towards enrollment increase which works out to about $1,600 per student compared to the $5,400 per student the state appropriated funding should be. In effect it’s a cut.

    And about that unfunded “raise”. If you skip a debt one year and pay it the next, you don’t get to call it a “funding increase” of twice the amount of the debt. If I owe $100 bucks a year but decide to only pay $80 one year and $120 the next, I don’t get to call it a funding increase of $40.

    But wait there’s more! State appropriations represents the bulk of, but not all “state” spending on K-12.

    The state provides funds to public schools by using a combination of state appropriations and receipts. If you consider all state fund sources – appropriations plus receipt dollars from sales tax, fines and forfeitures and lottery funds – dollars are down while the number of students is up.

    But wait there’s more! Remember those per-pupil numbers we started out talking about? Those were based on the totals of all state, local and federal funding sources. In 2010 and 2011 state and federal government worked to keep combined state and federal funding fairly flat. It was local government funding that was responsible for most of the shortfall.

    But wait there’s more! This year teaching positions were cut by $286,433,312, increasing class size without increasing pay. Instructional support cut by $16,990,590. Teacher assistant funding cut by $120 million. Instructional material cut by $45,336,155 (about 50%). Textbooks cut by $76,500,00 from $100 million.

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