Arizona still ranks among the worst for cuts to K-12 education
Arizona ranks third worst in the country in depth of cuts to school funding since the start of the recession. Comparing fiscal year 2015 state funding per student, adjusted for inflation, Arizona has cuts investment in K-12 schools by 17.5 percent since 2008. Only two states have made bigger cuts, according to a report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
If the additional inflation funds required under Cave Creek v. Ducey had been included, the investment cut would be 9.6 percent and Arizona would rank 16th worst.
Information released by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) staff in August also shows Arizona’s per student investment in K-12 education, when adjusted for inflation, to be lower than before the recession. Although the methodology varies from that used by CBPP, JLBC also calculates that funding per student, adjusted for inflation, has fallen – by 16 percent when looking at state and local funds combined.