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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?

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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:
http://www.arizonaeducationnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/09.pdf

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.

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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.

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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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