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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Scott seeks to roll back education funding to 1976 levels

Education spending has increased in the last 30 years.

When adjusted for inflation, per-pupil spending has nearly doubled from $6,037 per student in 1976-77 to $11,674 in 2006-07, the last year figures are available. This according to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

For the record however, Florida spends about $6,900 per student and Scott proposes to shrink per-student funding to about $6,200. Basically the 76-77 level.

I wonder how the costs of supplies, insurance, and so many other things that teachers and schools need, balance out when adjusted for inflation?
Is this where we want to turn the clock back too? Is this what we want to do to our schools and children?

With an assist from the St. Petersburg Times Gradebook:

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