Report: Arizona ranks near the bottom in public school student funding

| September 14, 2016

By Mike Sackley • KTAR News

Arizona has almost one million students enrolled in its public schools, but garners a low ranking in funding those students.

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Arizona ranks 48th out of 50 states in overall per pupil funding for its K-12 students.

Revenue per student for fiscal year 2014 came out to $8,786 in Arizona. That’s below the national average of $12,774 per student. Arizona ranks 15th in the nation in the amount of students enrolled in public schools, with over 944,000 students.

“We know that it’s an issue,” said Charles Tack, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Education. “It’s not something that tends to be fixed overnight.”

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