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5 Facts about Education Funding

Few people have the time to comb through all the sources and data on the state's education funding. Yet the information is valuable for parents and taxpayers who care about how funding is allocated. School Directors and lawmakers also benefit from understanding this data.

For each of these five facts, you can link to the sources as well as specific financial data for individual districts.  

 

1. Statewide average state, local and federal operating funds per pupil, 2012-2013

Fund Source

2011-12

2012-13

Local Taxes (levies)

$1,935

$2,014

Local Non-tax

$331

$335

State General Apportionment
(specified staff per 1,000 students and payroll)

$5,320

$5,348

State Special Purpose 
(special education, English language learning, poverty)

$1,202

$1,235

Federal General purpose

$54

$52

Federal Special purpose  (poverty, special education)

$885

$837

Other

$88

$99

Total

($9,760 in 2010-2011 and $9,754 in 2009-2010)

$9,816

$9,920

Source:

2. Funding per pupil from all funds, both operating and capital

 Year 

 Total

09-10 

 $12,597

10-11

$12,812

11-12

$13,098

12-13

$13,740

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:

 

3. Average Statewide Compensation

Certificated Instructional Employees

2011-12

2012-13

Average state-paid certificated instructional employee salary per FTE

$52,260

$52,256

Levy-funded additional salary per FTE

$11,978

$12,402

Insurance benefits per FTE (health benefits $768 per month)

$9,522

$9,522

Mandatory benefits (social security, etc.)

$9,608

$9,763

Total average compensation package (not including mandatory benefits)

$73,760

$74,180

Administrators

State actual allocation by district 2012-2015

 

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Average wage, benefits, additional salary per individual

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Classified Employees

State actual allocation by district 2-12-2015

 

here

Average wage, benefits, additional salary per individual

 

here

Sources:

 

4. Staff-per-Student Ratios Statewide

 

2011-12

2012-13

Students per teacher

18.65

18.52

Students per aide

98.91

99.10

 

 

 

 

 

Source:

 

5. Local School Levies

2012

2013

Statewide average excess general fund (operating) levy rate per $1,000 for schools (increased from $2.35 the prior year)

 $2.54

$2.74

Statewide total levy (general, debt service, transportation & capital) rate per $1,000 assessed value

 $4.12

$4.44

Statewide average excess general fund levy funds per student
(increased from $1,949 the prior year)

$2,014

$2,089

Source:

Previous years:

10-11 11-12

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Author

Jami Lund

Senior Policy Analyst

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