Thursday, December 10, 2015

How is Washington State's K-12 Spending Doing Since the Great Recession?

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a lengthy article on state public school spending since the Great Recession.  Not a pretty picture.  Washington state comes out - barely - above in most categories but I suspect that is thanks to the Washington State Supreme Court and McCleary.

Lots of graphs to dive into, pretty meaty insights here.

Also, related to funding, is this article from SCOPE (Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education),  How Money Makes a Difference: The Effects of School Finance Reforms on Outcomes for Low Income Students.  It's from May 2014 but ties in nicely here.

In response to large within-state differences in per-pupil spending across wealthy and poor districts, state supreme courts overturned school finance systems in 28 states between 1971 and 2010, and many states have implemented legislative reforms that led to important changes in public education funding. These school finance reforms caused some of the largest changes in the structure of K–12 education spending in United States history. 

The results reveal that increases in per-pupil spending, induced by court-mandated school finance reforms, led to significant increases in the likelihood of high school graduation and educational attainment for poor children, and thereby narrowed adult socioeconomic attainment differences between those raised in poor and affluent families. 

State General Funding Per Student Still Lower Than 2008 in 25 States

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