We hear general statistics like state revenue accounts for about half of all revenue used for K-12 public education, with the feds contributing about 10% and local communities footing around 30% of the bill. The other 10% or so comes from “other” sources (don’t ask me who that is because I have no idea).
The proportion of local to state to federal revenue varies widely by school district in Alabama, so the overall number for the whole state isn’t that useful….unless you’d like to compare Alabama with other states.
Data for the entire country is hard to come by, but here’s a walk through time from the 2001-2002 school year through the 2009-2010 school year.
Check out how the proportion of federal to state to local revenue has changed through the years.
Sure, there are a lot of factors that have influenced these proportions. This isn’t a scientific analysis. It’s just an opportunity for you to play with the slider to see for yourself how the proportions have changed.
Do you see any patterns that reveal which governmental body (the feds, the state legislature, or the locals) appears to be taking more of a responsibility than others for the education of our children?
Appreciation to Higher Ed Data Stories for this post, which served as inspiration for this one.