I was looking at the report on Revenues and Expenditure of Public Elementary and Secondary Education for the 2005-2006 school year. This is published by the
In overall spending per student,
In spending on instruction (money that goes directly to the classroom for teacher, books, classroom aides, etc),
Finally, on the percentage of overall spending used for instruction,
Overall, not a very good picture of how much money is spent on education and how much of that money goes for instruction. I don’t post this to start another round of OSPI bashing, but to start a conversation about how other states pay for education, what Washington can do to increase spending, and what are ways we can get more dollars to the classroom level, where it can help educate the children of this state.
You can download the report at this link: