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Failing schools have nowhere to hide

Two new tools will force Arizonans to take a hard look at how our schools are performing – and make it difficult for low-performers to hide behind "fuzzy" labels.
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Oct 19, 2011, 6:00 pm
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What happened to the total spending per pupil from 2009 to now? Is it still that high?

Oct 22, 2011, 7:51 pm
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It never was.  First of all, adjusted for inflation even the study I believe they are referring to (note he did not provide a reference) the increase was only 10%.  I believe it was this report here:

According to the Arizona Education Network:

“They use all the income on the JLBC Report (1/27/09), including lunch money, after school sports, adult night programs, adjacent ways (sewer & road repairs as a result of city maintenance), and other non-revenue dollars and divide it by the number of students.


No other state counts this in their per student funding numbers. Reactionary groups use these numbers and include these things because they want to inflate this data in a period where Arizona is cutting education spending.  They are using the hard work of the JLBC to spin their message.


In taking a closer look at the 2000-2009 JLBC report, it is important to note that the 2009 figures are an estimate.  They do not include the cuts of $270M to K-12 Education or the elimination of $362M in New School Facilities (NSF) funding made during 2009.


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