North Carolina: Quiz on Education Reform

The Civitas institute has posted a two-part series examining the facts behind education reform efforts in the 2013 legislative session. (Part I here, and Part II here.) Take this week’s quiz to test your knowledge about this important topic. 


Click on an answer and see if you are correct!

  1. When compared to the previous year, 2013-14 budget appropriations for K-12 education:

    • decreased by $650 million
    • remained flat
    • increased by $300 million
    • decreased by $100 million
  2. Critics of the K-12 education budget say legislators actually reduced the education budget by $117 million. The claim is based on figures from the continuation budget. The continuation budget is :

    • reflects what it would cost to provide the same level of services and staffing for the next year, after accounting for population and other changes
    • reflects what it would cost to begin an education program from scratch
    • used by all LEAs and schools in North Carolina
    • assumes the current level of resources will be increased the following year
  3. The left has been highlighting the impact of budget cuts to public schools in many small towns in North Carolina. One overlooked reason for declining budgets in many school districts is:

    • the end of the federal stimulus program
    • the percentage of state revenue going to public education has been declining
    • North Carolina has been unable to win federal grants for public education
    • declining public school enrollments
  4. Education research shows that one of the most effective ways to boost student achievement is:

    • access to a high quality teacher
    • provide laptop computers to students
    • improve teacher professional development
    • increase education funding for K-12 schools
  5. One of the key findings of the Friedman-Civitas Education Poll was:

    • parents strongly support public schools
    • minority parents want expanded public school options
    • public charter schools are under-funded
    • nearly 6 in 10 respondents said they support school vouchers


This article was posted in Civitas Quiz by Bob Luebke on October 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM.
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