Resource allocation by school districts is and must be a local decision that meets the needs of students in the community and the school. Despite severe budget cuts, our state remains focused on staying consistent in classroom dollars and keeping administrative costs well below the national average.
And though it’s important for taxpayers to understand where dollars are being spent to meet local priorities for students, there are many measures of a district’s commitment to student learning. The real issue should be student achievement – not how resources are allocated to get there.
View the Arizona School District Spending Report for FY 2016 which focuses on five categories including:
- ARIZONA SCHOOL DISTRICTS INVEST MORE IN CLASSROOM SPENDING
- ARIZONA SCHOOL DISTRCTS INVEST MORE IN STUDENTS
- ARIZONA SCHOOL DISTRICTS SPEND LESS ON ADMINISTRATION
- CHARTER SCHOOLS SPEND LESS ON CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION AND MORE ON ADMINISTRATION
- IMPORTANT FACTORS IMPACTING CLASSROOM SPENDING
The Governor and the Legislature acknowledged in the budget that was passed last year, “classroom” should be redefined as instruction, instructional support and student support. This more appropriate definition includes physical and occupational therapists, reading and math intervention specialists, media specialists/librarians, counselors and social workers.
Download: ASBA’S 2016 Auditor General Report Message
Download: Arizona School District Spending Report for FY 2016
Download: Auditor General 2016 Report