FACTS ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING IN ARIZONA
It’s the 2010 voting season! Steer clear of the misinformation campaigns. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with some quick facts on public education funding prior to the November 2 general election.
- In 2007, Arizona spent $61 less per pupil in real dollars than it did in 1987. This was before the recent cuts to education!
- Arizona ranks at the bottom for per pupil spending nationwide. The rankings below do not take into account recent cuts to education!
# 47 Education Week Quality Counts per pupil expenditures 2010 (2007 numbers)
Education Week, January 14, 2010, http://www.edweek.org/media/ew/qc/2010/17sos.h29.finance.pdf
# 50 NEA Rankings & Estimates, Dec. 2009, (2008-09 numbers) p. 73
#49 U.S. Census Bureau, June 2010 Report, Elementary-Secondary Per Pupil Current Spending Amounts by State: 2007-08
#50 ALEC Report Card on Education, 2008 (2006-07 numbers)
- The legislature cut $357,360,700 from K-12 education funding in the last two years (2008-2010). This represents a 8.19% reduction to K-12 public education funding in Arizona. Includes rollovers, ARRA shifts and baseline changes. Calculations based on http://www.azleg.gov/jlbc/ReductionsFY08-FY10.pdf
- The legislature cut $1,041,552,000 from total public education funding in the last two years (2008-2010). This represents a 16.76% reduction to total public education funding in Arizona.
Includes rollovers, ARRA shifts and baseline changes. Calculations based on http://www.azleg.gov/jlbc/ReductionsFY08-FY10.pdf
-27.06% State Board of Charter Schools
-19.32% State Board for Community Colleges
-3.37% AZ State School for the Deaf & Blind
-8.19% Department of Education (K-12)
-45.58% Commission on Post Secondary Education
-80.33% Schools Facilities Board (funds for school construction)
-19.57% Arizona Universities