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A Quick Look at Public Schools Spending in Virginia

During a Virginia Municipal League finance forum presentation on December 1, Sarah Herzog discussed the funding of Virginia’s public schools. According to Ms. Herzog, there was a slight decrease on a per pupil basis from $11,037 (FY 2008) to $11,020 (FY 2010)."

Ms. Herzog also noted that “in FY 2010 federal stimulus dollars cushioned the impact of state and local reductions.” Here are the details on school expenditures (slide 20 of her PPT presentation):

  • Local: $6,591.3 million (FY 2008) to $6,547.8 million (FY 2010)
  • State: $4,607.5 million to $4,236.0 millions (FY 2010)
  • State Sales Tax: $1,150.7 million to $1,074.6 million (FY 2010)
  • Federal: $857.3 million (FY 2008) to $1,445.8 million (FY 2010)
  • Total: $13,206.8 million (FY 2008) to $13,304.3 million (FY 2010)

Some numbers to keep in mind as the Arlington Public Schools begin developing their FY 2013 budget next month. As noted when we growled on November 9, Arlington's per-student spending for FY 2013 was $18,047.

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