State and local school budget

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State and local school budget: focuses on bringing greater transparency to state and local education spending. Citizens have a vested interest in how their states’ school systems function, not only because of public education’s intrinsic importance but also because of its strong connection to a region’s prosperity (not to mention its state and local tax levels). As a baseline for research about each state, consider these state education highlight reports. Additionally, visit this map to compare your state against others by categories such as "K-12 Achievement" or "School Finance."

As it develops, this page will become a hub for links and data on school transparency. Using the list of states below, editors can collect links to basic education spending data, such as:

  • Financial statements, budgets, and spending records published by school districts in each state
  • School employees' salaries in each state and district
  • The average amount of money spent on each pupil in a school district, and the average amount of tax dollars spent per-student in a state

Finding even more specific data and asking tough questions can help you probe deeper into education spending in your region. For example, statistics about

  • which school district in your state has the highest budget
  • the highest salary received by a teacher in your district

can raise eyebrows and important issues that would otherwise remain hidden.

Finally, if someone finds a useful or unbelievable fact about school spending in their state or district, feel free to post it here as well.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

State of Mississippi Management and Reporting System shows information on the State Budget, State Property, Revenues, Vendors, and State Employees.

Mississippi Center for Public Policy Trends, Graphs, Data tool where you can do your own research based on information gathered from education-related data from annual reports from the State Superintendent of Education.

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

  • Report on administrative salaries in 2005 is available at the Department of Education site.
  • Report on average state spending per pupil in 2007 is available here, thanks to the Star Ledger.

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Ohio State University pays over 154 employees more than $250,000 a year, according to this article from the Buckeye Institute. Access this salary database by clicking here.

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming