Elementary & Secondary Education


Elementary & Secondary Education

Information relating to K-12 education funding and policy. In fiscal 2011, Elementary and secondary (K-12) education represented the largest category of state general fund spending at 35.0 percent. However due to rising health care costs, K-12 education is now the second largest component of total state spending at 20.1 percent, slightly below Medicaid’s 23.6 percent of state budgets. In the coming years, states will likely face changes in K-12 education funding policies as Congress reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind.

Staff Contact: Kathryn Vesey White

NASBO Publications

  • This report shows that state budgets are expected to continue on a path of stable, moderate growth, with 42 governors recommending spending increases for fiscal 2016. However, progress is slow, and structural issues and long-term spending pressures will require difficult budget choices for many states. States’ spending proposals continue to be cautious as they plan for limited revenue growth.
  • This report shows that state fiscal conditions are moderately improving in fiscal 2015 as the economic recovery enters its sixth year. Consistent annual growth in the economy, while not as robust as many would like, is leading most states back to budget growth. States have replenished some spending for areas cut back during the recession, such as K-12 education and higher education. In addition to bolstering state spending, economic growth has produced higher revenue collections.

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