Many Schools Are Still Getting Less Funding Than They Were Before The Great Recession

A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities contains depressing news for schools. According to the report, at least 30 states are providing districts with less funding than they were prior to the Great Recession.

States started slashing their education budgets as a result of the 2007-09 recession. However, the impact of the cuts has apparently continued to linger, even as the country's economic outlook has improved, the report concludes. While state funding for students improved slightly in the 2014-15 school year, that additional funding has not completely restored budgets to their previous levels.

The graph below shows 30 states are currently providing schools with less funding per student than they were seven years ago, and of those, 14 have cut funding by more than 10 percent since 2008, adjusting for inflation. Hawaii, Indiana and Iowa are excluded from the graph due to lack of sufficient data.




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