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Most Education Funding is Getting to the Classroom

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk lately about K-12 education funding and the press conference we had last week focusing on the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report, New School Year Brings More Cuts in State Funding for Schools. The report showed Arizona cut state K-12 per pupil funding more than any other state in the last five years.

You’ve probably also heard some folks who support budget cuts to education say that the real problem is that too much money is spent on  administration, leaving too little for the classroom.

But the facts show that the amount Arizona spends on school administration is actually about as low as it gets. According to the U.S. Census Bureau report, Public Education Finances: 2010, Arizona ranks as the state with lowest amount of per pupil spending on school administrative costs and near the bottom (46th) in school district administrative costs.

The percent of total spending on each type of administration is below the U.S. average – less than 7% for both categories combined.

There are many strategies underway in Arizona to boost student achievement. But no one should pretend that education and accountability can be improved while resources are slashed. Proposition 204 gives voters the chance to restore funding to education with no new taxes.

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