In Washington state:
- $548 less is spent per student in public schools now than in 1992.
- 46th in the nation in class size
- 42nd in the nation in spending per student
In the US:
- The highest-poverty school districts receive an average of $825 less each year per student in state and local funding than the wealthiest districts.
And in Seattle:
- PTSA auctions at some schools raise $70,000 to $200,000. The Rainier View Elementary PTSA raises about $3,000 a year. And some schools Seattle schools don't have a PTSA at all.
If you can find the time, here are some interesting articles about school funding to read:
- Washington State School Finances: Does Every Child Count? by Washington State PTSA
- High standards 'meaningless' without adequate state funding by Washington Education Association
- Ample School Funding Project by Washington Association of School Administrators
- Time is now for new K-12 funding formula by Washington State School Directors' Association
- Take the Lead Washington, Washington Education Association
- Program Widens School Funding Gap, Report Says, Washington Post
- PTA plugs budget holes -- unevenly, Seattle PI
- Beyond Bake Sales, Edutopia magazine