September 14, 2016
K-12 Education: Demographics and Funding for Select School Divisions (2016)
State support for Virginia students is still down from where it was before the financial strain of the recession, even after the progress made in the last budget. State per-pupil funding for K-12 education has declined 11.5 percent since the 2008-2009 school year, adjusting for inflation.
This is just one of a dozen key facts highlighted in our latest compilation of data around state funding for K-12 education published today in an easy-to-read format. In addition, we’ve analyzed and compiled at-a-glance funding facts and trends for 36 select school divisions around the state.
The analysis comes at a critical time as lawmakers seek to preserve some modest increases in education funding adopted in the last budget while also resolving a $1.5 billion revenue shortfall.
The numbers show that we’re still down in supporting Virginia students, and that’s why it’s so vital that lawmakers preserve the progress made in the last legislative session and don’t make further cuts.
Click on the locality below for a pdf of that division’s profile. (Note: Similar analyses were produced in 2012, 2014 and 2015.)