The new N.C. School Report Cards are out with 2008-09 school year data.
Since these report cards have been used in the past to compare Wake and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, let's revisit the issue again. Wake gets less money and does better overall than CMS, but CMS does better among several subgroups.
Let's start with test results.
Looking at the percentage of kids who passed both the reading and math end-of-grate exams, Wake's overall passing rate is 70.3 percent. It's 63.5 percent in CMS.
But interestingly, CMS now has a slightly higher EOG passing rate among white students with 86.8 percent. It's 86.4 percent in Wake.
But Wake does better overall because it has fewer minority and low-income students than CMS.
Looking at some other CMS subgroups, the EOG passing rate was 47.9 percent for black students, 51.7 percent for Hispanic students, 46.7 percent for economically disadvantaged students, 38.6 percent for limited English proficient students and 29.8 percent for students with disabilities.
In Wake, it was 45.2 percent for black students, 46.9 percent for Hispanic students, 43.9 percent for economically disadvantaged students, 35.4 percent for limited English proficient students and 35.7 percent for students with disabilities.
On the flip side, defenders of Wake's diversity policy argue th district gets less money than Charlotte. They say it will cost more money to move to a system of neighborhood schools.
According to the report cards, CMS got $337.17 more overall per student. It was $8,619.34 in CMS and $8.282.17 in Wake.
Looking just at local dollars, CMS got $77.14 more per student than Wake. It was $2,533.90 per student in CMS and $2,456.76 per student in Wake.
Making up that $77.14 would cost an additional $10.8 million dollars in local spending.
Corrected CMS overall passing rate on both EOG exams to 63.5 percent.