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Arizona Schools Continue To Spend Less On Instruction, More On Operations

SOURCE: Arizona Freedom Alliance

NOTE:  This is an oft repeated message.  Everytime taxpayers are forced to provide more of their well-earned money to "education," this is usually the result.  Occasionally, small increases in teacher salaries result but most of the money is wasted on "operations" which includes improving teacher lounges and sports participation.  How many kids are educated in the teacher lounges or on the basketball court?  Remember this: there is hidden money funneled into education that most of us don't know a thing about.  Some years ago, there was $10mil in slush funds, unreported on financial statements (so we have been told).  The fund is likely much larger now.

Let's see what happens the next time the school honchos ask for more money for sports and teacher lounges.  They won't get it unles they  pin on the tag line: it's for the children!


PHOENIX – Arizona’s publicly funded schools continue to spend a “lower percentage of resources on instruction and administration and a greater percentage on all other operational areas,” according to new Auditor General’s report. Despite this, “the State’s average teacher salary increased $3,490, or 7.1 percent, to $52,441.”

Although the schools do spend more on other operational areas, the money spent on instruction has crept up for the third consecutive year to 54.7 percent in fiscal year 2019.

“However, since its peak in fiscal year 2004, the State’s instructional spending percentage has declined 3.9 percentage points, while the percentages spent on most other operational areas have increased. Between fiscal years 2018 and 2019, districts’ operational spending increased by $475 million with $310 million of the increase spent on instruction,” auditors found.

The Arizona Legislature approved an increase in school funding inline with the governor’s goal of considerably increasing salaries by 2020. However, according to the Auditor General, “There are various reasons that may explain why the State-wide average teacher salary has not met the goal of increasing by 10 percent between fiscal years 2017 and 2019, including that districts were not required to spend the additional monies on teacher salaries, and some districts may have received less than they would have needed to provide all their teachers with a 10 percent increase.”


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