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Total K-12 Budget = $4.42 billion

In the 2007-08 school year (the most recent school year for which actual spending figures are available), Utah spent $4.42 billion on K-12 education.  This amounts to $8,224 per public school student.  As the graph below shows, the amount that Utah spends on K-12 education has consistently increased over the decades due to an increasing student population and increased spending per student.

Utah's Total K-12 Budget, 1970 - 2008
Utah Taxpayers Association1


 Total Spending since 1930
Utah Taxpayers Association1

Fiscal Year
Total Spending 
Annual
Change

Per Student
Spending
Average
Class Size

2008$4.42 Billion+20.40%
$8,224
--
2007
$3.67 Billion+10.89%
$7,009
22.2
2006
$3.31 Billion+5.91%
$6,529
22.1
2005
$3.13 Billion+6.60%
$6,309
22.6
2004
$2.93 Billion+4.34%
$6,144
22.4
2003
$2.81 Billion+0.88%
$5,980
21.8
2002
$2.79 Billion+8.27%
$5,95521.8
2001
$2.57 Billion+5.89%
$5,52221.9
2000
$2.43 Billion+1.48%
$5,199--
1999
$2.40 Billion+5.32%
$4,955
--
1998
$2.74 Billion+5.53%
$4,853--
1997
$2.16 Billion-1.35%
$4,601
--
1996
$2.18 Billion+12.54%
$4,488
--
1995
$1.94 Billion+10.34%
$4,110--
1994
$1.76 Billion+4.70%
$3,751
--
1993
$1.68 Billion+11.23%
$3,638
--
1992
$1.51 Billion+6.36%
$3,319
--
1991$1.42 Billion+10.67%
$3,187
--
1990
$1.28 Billion+2.88%
$2,941
--
1989$1.25 Billion+9.35%
$2,898
--
1988
$1.14 Billion+1.48%
$2,691
--
1987
$1.12 Billion--
$2,726
--
1980
$696 Million--
$2,084
--
1970
$211 Million--
$691
--
1960
$99 Million--
$429
--
1950
$34 Million--
$221
--
1940
$13 Million--
$100
--
1930
$12 Million--
$97
--

See how much your School District and Charter Schools* spend per student

Or use one of the websites below to look up school district spending data:

*It should be noted that although charter schools currently spend more per student than school districts, most of the difference is in school construction costs.  Nearly half of public school enrollment growth is absorbed by charter schools even though they represent a small fraction of the total public schools in Utah.  This means that charter schools are incurring a disproportionate share of new building construction costs.

 

The State Budget

Spending on Utah's K-12 education system is the largest single expenditure in the state budget.  In the current Fiscal Year (or FY2009, which begins July 1, 2008 and ends June 30, 2009), K-12 education will receive 47.6% of state tax dollars equaling $2.56 billion.  This figure does not include the local or federal taxes that also go towards K-12 education. 

 

Where State Tax Dollars Go, 2008-09
Governor's Office of Planning & Budget2

 

 

Where State Tax Dollars Come From, 2008-09
Governor's Office of Planning & Budget2

 

Notes:

  • Graph 2 shows how state funds will be spent based on bills passed in the 2008 Legislative Session.
  • Graph 3 shows estimated sources of state tax revenue for Fiscal Year 2009 as published by the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget.

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SOURCES

  1. Utah School District Comparison 2007-08 by the Utah Taxpayers Association based on data from the Utah State Office of Education, School Finance & Statistics, Financial Reports
  2. Budget Summary Fiscal Year 2009 by the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget

 

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