As I explained last week, our new survey finds that the vast majority of states for which we have data are cutting K-12 education funding this year. Here’s what the per-pupil funding cuts look like in dollar terms. More than half of the states in our survey cut funding by over $200 per student.
In many states, these cuts come on top of previous rounds of cuts since the recession hit. As a result, per-pupil funding in 17 of the 24 states in our survey is below pre-recession levels, in inflation-adjusted dollars, and in 9 of those 24 states, the decline exceeds $500.