October 27, 2015

Well, well, well. Another liberal myth goes down the drain.

Remember when the left wing chorus chanted in unison that the conservative majority in the Legislature was devastating public education with budget cuts?

It wasn’t true. And more and more evidence proves it.

In 2010, when Lord Marc of Basnight ruled the Legislature, the state appropriated $7.1 billion for public schools.

Then, for the first time in over 100 years, public disgust with the Democrats swept a Republican majority into the Legislature. Five years later, state appropriations for public schools have risen to $8.5 billion.

On a per student basis, school funding has increased 14%. School spending per student has grown 55% faster than inflation.  So when the liberals decried devastating budget cuts, they were making Pinocchio look like a truth teller.

Of course, more inputs into public education are fine and dandy. But what about results?

The Urban Institute, hardly a bastion of right wing radicals, recently analyzed the 2013 test scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. They found that when test scores are accurately adjusted for demographics and poverty measures among states, North Carolina has the 7th highest test scores in the nation.

Interestingly, only 2 southern states, Texas and Florida, outrank North Carolina. New UNC President Margaret Spellings was an architect of then Governor George Bush’s education reforms in Texas which emphasized high standards and rigorous testing to identify failing students so they could get help before they fell too far behind. The reforms in Texas were adopted by Jeb Bush in Florida.

The same reform and renewal is being followed in North Carolina now with Read to Achieve summer reading camps, school choice and an end to social promotion of students who haven’t mastered their work.

Ranking 7th in the nation for education achievement is good. But if we stick to our conservative reform agenda, we can do even better.

Your support for the Carolina Partnership for Reform will help us fight back against the liberal attack dogs who dominate the media with their pernicious myth making about devastating cuts in education.