Terry Stoops says Wake County schools getting 'the most bang for the buck'

12/12/2013 11:59 AM

12/12/2013 12:00 PM

The Wake County school system is getting some love from an unusual source in the John Locke Foundation.

In an article Thursday in The Carolina Journal, the Foundation’s Terry Stoops writes that “Wake County Schools performed very well despite spending less per student than the state average.” Stoops added that Wake is arguably one of “the three most productive school districts in the state.”

“To put it another way, Union, Mooresville, and Wake “got the most bang for the buck,” writes Stoops, director of research and education studies for the conservative think tank.

Stoops looked at the per-pupil expenditures for all 115 North Carolina school districts and their performance composites, which was the percentage of students passing state exams.


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