Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) will receive a budget increase of $35.7 million.
School officials say the increase is partially due to growth in enrollment.
But as Civitas’ Dr. Bob Luebke has previously pointed out, “enrollment estimates have been consistently too high for the last couple of years. Because the numbers drive operating costs and influence capital budgets, there are consequences to getting the enrollment estimates wrong. School planners recently reported that North Carolina’s largest school system will grow by 2,000 students for the next few years – instead of more than 3,000 children annually, as was projected with earlier estimates.”
He also pointed out that:
“News reports say the number of new students in charter schools (2,022) surpassed the number of new students in the traditional public schools (1,884) last year. (The county opened four new charter schools in that time.)”
So does WCPSS really deserve such a budget increase based on enrollment numbers? The facts say otherwise.