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School Administrative Costs in Arizona

September 4, 2012

You’ve probably 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.

big pic of per pupil spending az vs us general admin and school adminThe percent of total spending on each type of administration is below the U.S. average – less than 7% for both categories combined.