K-12 Funding Facts
During campaign seasons, candidates and voters spend a lot of time talking about education and education funding. School financing is a key responsibility for Arizona’s governor and legislature. Here are five quick facts for the election conversation:
- $3.8 billion in state funding is appropriated to K-12 operations for fiscal year 2015.
- 46% of total general fund revenues will go to K-12 operations and capital.
- The Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) data show a 25% drop in total state funding for K-12 education per student – a drop of $1,129 per student from 2008 to 2014 (adjusted for inflation).
- US Census data show that in 2012, Arizona had the lowest school spending on administration per student of any state in the nation: $400 in Arizona compared to a national average of $779.
- State tax credits for private school tuition more than tripled from FY 2000 to FY 2012 while total enrollment in private schools fell by 2%.