September 23, 2019
K-12 Funding Trends At-a-Glance: Data for Statewide and All 132 School Divisions (2019-2020)
State funding for K-12 education is still down when compared to pre-recession levels. Statewide, students will see 8% less funding from the state than they did in 2008-2009, adjusting for inflation. Schools are increasingly reliant on local governments for funding with localities spending $4.2 billion more than the state required to meet the state’s staffing standards. Meanwhile, enrollment has increased by more than 55,000 students, while overall staffing has declined. Support staff have seen particularly large decreases, falling by 2,329 positions since 2008-2009.
Those are just a few of the key findings in The Commonwealth Institute’s latest analysis of K-12 data that is available going into the 2019-2020 school year.
Reports for each school division and for the statewide data are provided in the links below: