Arizona’s classroom spending at its lowest since 2001

| March 2, 2016

Arizona school districts spent 53.6 percent of operating dollars on instruction, lowest since state began monitoring in 2001

By Ricardo Cano • The Republic /

Arizona schools continue to have a hard time siphoning dollars where many believe they make the most difference — the classroom.

Districts last school year spent the lowest percentage of their operating dollars on classroom instruction since at least 2001, when the state began monitoring the figure, according to a state report released Tuesday.

Classroom spending is a popularly cited funding figure that includes a school’s expenditures for salaries and benefits for teachers and instructional aides as well as classroom supplies.

The report said the low spending percentages have contributed to a lower state teacher salary average and larger classroom sizes.

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