State K-12 Funding Cuts Are Deep and Widespread

October 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Thirty of the 46 states for which data are available are spending less per pupil on K-12 education (after inflation) than they did before the recession, according to a report we’ll issue tomorrow.  In 17 of those states, funding is more than 10 percent below the 2008 level, adjusted for inflation; in 4 of the states, funding is off by more than 20 percent (see graph).
School Funding Remains Below 2008 Levels in Most States
We’ll provide more details on the report — which updates this analysis — tomorrow.

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Oliff joined the Center as a Policy Analyst with the State Fiscal Project and his work includes tracking state revenue collections and property tax issues, among other areas.

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  1. Charlie Cooper #

    Does this include total federal, state, and local funding?

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      Thanks for the question.

      The education funding totals presented in our analysis reflect the funding distributed through states’ major education funding formulas. These funds include the federal funds distributed through these formulas from the Recovery Act’s State Fiscal Stabilization Fund and the Education Jobs Fund. In a few cases, the funding totals also include more narrowly targeted forms of federal education aid in the Recovery Act such as Title I funding. We do not include local funding in our totals.

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