Spending in the classroom declining despite 22 percent increase in overall spending

A report on K-12 education spending released
by Pepperdine University shows a wide disparity in per-student
expenditures as well as with the percentage of money spent directly on

The study period from the 2003-04 to the 2008-09 school year
found that overall spending increased by 22 percent, but that the
percentage of money spent on the classroom declined from 59 percent to
57.8 percent.

The latter figures have drawn considerable criticism, some of
which is deserved. But the study does offer valuable information and
raises important questions about the effectiveness and efficiency of how
California funds its schools. 

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