Story by John Howell Jr. for The Daily Tar Heel
Public schools, universities and community colleges across North Carolina are investigating ways to reward better performing schools — but administrators say the economy continues to be a roadblock on the path to reform.
All three layers of North Carolina’s education system have looked into models that provide incentives for improved student performance and graduation rates, but no formal proposals have been adopted.
The push for accountability comes at a time of scarce resources for the state. Each school system has absorbed millions in state funding cuts in recent years, including a $414 million reduction for the UNC system in 2011-12.
In this year’s gubernatorial race, both Republican candidate Pat McCrory and Democrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton have expressed support for performance-based funding, though their platforms differ on how the programs would be implemented.
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