Public School Funding in Massachusetts: Where We Are, What has Changed, and How We Compare to Other States
September 1, 2011
Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases education spending data on all 50 states. Using this data, MassBudget reports annually on the state of education spending in Massachusetts.
A new MassBudget report examines FY 2009 Census data (the most recent national data available) and compares education spending in Massachusetts to that of other states. Key findings this year include:
- Massachusetts saw a significant increase in federal education revenue in FY 2009 as part of the federal stimulus efforts to protect local schools from being harmed by cuts in state aid.
- Massachusetts ranks high in per-pupil spending but average in total education spending as a percentage of the state economy.
- Compared to other states, Massachusetts continues to rely more heavily on local funding sources for education than on state and federal sources.
MassBudget provides independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies, as well as economic issues, with particular attention to the effects on low- and moderate-income people.