State School Funding Changes Could Be on the Horizon

Filed under Budget, In Context.

Big changes could be coming to North Carolina’s educational funding system. A recent study presented to the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation and Oversight Committee revealed inequities in the current funding formulas and made suggestions for entirely new ways to allocate money to the local school districts. This has the potential to be the biggest change in… Read more »

WCPSS School Board Approves Pay Raises for Non-Certified Staff

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Salary bonuses may be coming for thousands of essential Wake County Public Schools employees who haven’t had a raise in years. The school board recently reviewed a plan to pay a one-time $500 bonus to hourly employees such as teacher assistants, custodians, child nutrition, bus drivers, office staff, and others using a combination of state… Read more »

WakeEd Advocates For Budget

Filed under Budget, Newsletter.

Lately, WakeEd Partnership has worked to advocate for Wake County Public School System around the latest budget. In June, President Steve Parrott and I attended a meeting of the Wake County Commissioners to advocate for fully funding the budget for WCPSS (Video below). In the end the County Commission voted to approve a 2016-17 budget that left… Read more »

WCPSS Considers Its Options to Get To A Balanced Budget

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By Margaret Leak, WakeEd Summer Intern   Frustration. Disappointment. Aggravation. These were the emotions that were flying in the wake of the final state budget. Even though there were more dollars added to the budget this year for teacher salaries, it wasn’t enough in other areas, and the WCPSS school board is going to have… Read more »

Legislative Session Ends with Bang and Fizzle

Filed under Academics, Budget, In Context, School Grading.

Members of the General Assembly called this year’s legislative session “short,” but it was anything other than short when considering the number of education reforms addressed. Some passed, some failed. Either way, there’s harbingers for what’s ahead in next year’s long session. The budget, which is awaiting final signature by Gov. Pat McCrory, had perhaps the… Read more »

Education Budgets Update

Filed under Budget, In Context, Teacher Pay.

The state and local budget processes are in their final stages, and there’s a great deal at stake on their final versions. Locally, there’s concern that over the difference between what the schools are requesting and what the county is offering. At the state level teachers are awaiting word on what type of raise they… Read more »

The Hidden Cost of Unprecedented Growth

Filed under Budget, Growth, In Context.

“And, as usual, we’re opening five new schools this coming year.” – Tom Benton, WCPSS School Board Only in Wake County – the fastest growing county in the state – would five new schools opening in one year be considered “usual.” Some school districts don’t open five schools in five years.   Of course, Wake County… Read more »