"Education statistics: Figures lie and politicians figure"
"He Tried to Warn Us"

"NC has a budget surplus. Should it fund tax cuts or ‘better schools and a stronger middle class’?"

This could be a result of many factors, but Republican political control of the state probably helped.

“Even as the majority of other states face revenue shortfalls and budget crunches, Republican state leaders’ tax cuts and disciplined spending have generated a $552 million revenue surplus for North Carolina – making us one of just four states in the country expecting surpluses,” Berger said in a news release.