How much does Chatham County School district spend per student?

Pittsboro, NC – The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has released data on public school finances for 2021-22.

In Fiscal Year 2021-22, Chatham County Schools spent about $13,504 per student.

Source: See Table 24, North Carolina Statistical Profile  

In Fiscal Year 2021-22, the average public school in North Carolina spent about $12,345 per student. That’s up from $10,753 in 2021, an increase of almost 15 percent. 

What accounts for the increase? The Federal Government. According to NC DPI data, the state received about $3.34 in federal funds. Other records show about $2 billion was spent on covid relief. What does that mean for the average student? Federal spending per student increased almost 90 percent in the past year. Increasing from $1,298 in 2021 to $2,460 in 2022.

The top 25 highest spending school districts in North Carolina by per pupil spending include:

Source: See Table 24, North Carolina Statistical Profile  

The average private school tuition in North Carolina for 2022-23 is $9,652.

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