Educational Budgets

States vary considerably in terms of how they fund public education. A variety of factors determine the extent to which school funding is dependent upon local, state, or federal sources of income. States and their school districts also differ in the extent to which they spend their budgets on instruction, and instruction-related cost. The Office of the Auditor General indicated that Arizona spends less in the classroom than the national average, reflecting Arizona’s larger than average class sizes.

The following is a comparison of Western states funding for fiscal years 2006 and 2009. Further analyses will attempt to explore some of those factors shaping expenditures in Arizona.

It will be important to keep our eyes on changes in the levels of state and local taxation in terms of their impact on the level of support for education in our region.

Tucson Regional Indicators Project (TRIP)