May 28, 2022

Data: New Report Shows Revenues and Expenditures Per Pupil for Public School Districts Increased Between 2015-16 and 2016-17

From the National Center for Education Statistics:

The national median of total revenues per pupil and expenditures per pupil increased across all public school districts between budget years 2016 and 2017.

A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides information about revenues and expenditures in the nation’s public school districts for school year 2016-17. The report uses data from the provisional School District Finance Survey, which state education agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia submit each year.

The national median of total revenues per pupil across all districts was $13,334 in FY 17. This represents an increase of 1.1 percent from FY 16 after adjusting for inflation. The national median of current expenditures per pupil was $11,276 in FY 17, an increase of 1.8 percent from FY 16, after adjusting for inflation.

In FY 17, current expenditures per pupil in the 100 largest public school districts ranged from a low of $6,333 in Jordan School District, Utah to a high of $25,199 in New York City Public Schools.

Median current expenditures per pupil in independent charter school districts were lower than median current expenditures per pupil in noncharter and mixed school districts in 23 of the 29 states that met the standards for reporting finance data for independent charter school districts.

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