K-12: Washington spends $9,594 per student - New NEA numbers beg question: Where is the money going?
A new report (see pages 95-96 for a breakdown of state education expenditures) published by the National Education Association (NEA) reveals that in 2002 education spending in Washington increased by $1,168 per student (over 2001 levels) to a total of $9,594 per student.
These startling numbers beg the question: Where is the money? Recognizing that school performance is not what it should be, can the problems truly be blamed on a lack of money, or do they stem from the way that money is being spent?
- General expenditures: $437 increase per student
• Expenditures per pupil in Washington are 10.1 percent higher than the national average.
• Are we getting $9,594 worth of value for each student in our public schools? Is Washington's K-12 system really facing a shortage of money, or does the problem stem from the way current dollars are being spent?
• If Washington spends 10.1 percent more than the national average for education, but only 32 percent of that amount is spent on teachers, where is the rest of the money? Can we truly say that all of the money currently being spent outside the classroom is providing more value for students than it otherwise could?
Prepared by Bob Williams, President and Senior Research Analyst (360) 956-3482
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