U.S. Census: Arizona’s Funding for Students Ranks Bottom in the Nation

| June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015 • By Lisa Irish • AZEDNEWS

Arizona provides less state funding per student that any state in the nation, according to national data released yesterday.

The data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s “Public Education Finances: 2013” also shows that Arizona has become more reliant over the past two decades on federal and local dollars for boosts to education funding. From 1992 to 2013, per pupil funding from federal sources grew 176.15 percent and dollars from local sources rose 76.99 percent, yet state funding increased by 49.3 percent.

As a result and despite the increases, Arizona’s per student ranking among states based on a combination of federal, local and state funding dropped from 34th in 1992 to 48th in 2013. Arizona students receive only 69.5 percent of the national per pupil average, when all funding sources are considered. Only Utah and Idaho fund public education less.

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