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Audit finds classroom spending up in AZ, teacher pay below national average. See more state education news here

| March 5, 2019
Audit finds classroom spending up in AZ, teacher pay below national average. See more state education news here

With some new money coming into the system, classroom spending in Arizona has increased for the second year in a row.
New figures Friday from the Auditor General’s Office has 54 cents of every education dollar spent this past school year on instruction. That largely includes salaries and benefits for teachers and aides and instructional supplies like pencils and paper, instructional software, athletics, band and choir.
That compares with 53.8 cents for the prior year and 53.5 cents the year before that.
But Auditor General Lindsey Perry said the instructional share is still 4.6 percentage points below the high point in 2004. And even after adjusting for inflation, total per pupil spending is $177 less now than it was in 2004 and $861 below the high point in 2008 before the Great Recession.

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Arizona special-ed funding benefits schools with fewest special-ed students

| October 11, 2017
Arizona special-ed funding benefits schools with fewest special-ed students

PLC Arts Academy at Scottsdale has $5,000 more to spend per student than Pine Strawberry Elementary District north of Payson.

It’s not because its students are in one of Arizona’s most well-to-do cities, or that they perform better on state tests, or that more kids are enrolled.

It’s a direct result of how the state funds education for students with special needs: Arizona’s spending on special education benefits schools with the fewest number of students who require it.

About one-third of Arizona students attend schools — most of which are charters — that receive more state money to serve students with special needs than those schools actually spend for that purpose.

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