Do schools have enough? K-12 funding across the country

Published: Monday, Jan. 28 2013 9:25 a.m. MST

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Average class size: 15.3

Alabama's education committee chairman Rep. Jay Love expects enough additional revenue next year to be able to spend more on education expenses like raises for education employees or expansion of distance learning and prekindergarten programs.

Love addressed the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery on Jan. 22, 2013. He said that the state depleted rainy day funds and stimulus money during the recent economic downturn, but the budget still grew. It increased from $4.3 billion in 2003 to $6.7 billion in 2009. The current education budget is $5.4 billion.

“It was a very difficult time,” Love said, referring to trying to balance the budget given the depleted funds and lack of revenue. “We were going to have to stand on our own two feet.”

For now, Love said revenues are gradually increasing, but costs are increasing as well.
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Carolyn Sharette
Sandy, UT

This is a useless list. It gives no way to do meaningful comparisons. The author listed per pupil funding in just a few states, and no numbers on funding in many states.

A meaningful list would haven been:
1. funding per pupil in each state
2. student achievement on the NAEP for each state
3. class sizes in that state

This would have demonstrated, clearly, that funding does not determine student achievement, nor does class size.

Then, organizing the list into the lowest funded and highest achievement would have put Utah on top, which is what our constituents needs to see. Our teachers and schools do an amazing job with the resources they have.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

If Utah has 22.8 students per class and we pay around $6,000 per student and we pay $40,000 to the teacher. Let's see 22.8 X $6,000 = $137,000.00. $137,000 - $40,000 leaves $97,000. Some of this goes to maintenance, capital expenditures for new buildings, and administration. I wonder what these would amount to in a private school, a lot less I would suggest. When I was a boy 75 years ago plus 2/3 of the school money went to the teachers. They do the work. Now it seems to be more like 1/3 of the funds. Maybe we could pick up a few dollars by reducing administration expenses. Maybe we could cut the red tape a little. The best solution would be vouchers. Give a $5,000 voucher and you save $1,000 per student.

West Jordan, UT

So...if we look at Nevada, and Idaho, and a number of the other states that allow gambling and lotteries that supposedly benefit the education system so much, why is it that their schools are still struggling so much? Hmmm... Seems like we ought to keep that in mind when the next referendum to allow lotteries comes up here (since it seems to surface every few years...)

A lot of these school systems are plagued by bloated salaries at the district level. Administrators in many of these school districts are making well into the 6-figures while their teachers make next to nothing, often digging into their own pockets for school supplies. That's where education reform needs to start...

Mcallen, TX

Bloated salaries at the district level? Billions wasted on standardized testing which does nothing to improve teaching, and learning.

Share one football field among three schools, and allow local businesses to donate money as a tax write off. Further, use parents as volunteer workers.

Yes, we can save a ton of money if effective budgeting is in place.

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