Georgia’s total K-12 funding in Fiscal Year 2013 was $10,370 per pupil, according to the latest Public Education Finances report from the U.S. Census Bureau released this month. Spending per pupil, excluding capital expenditures, was $9,099. These amounts ranked 38th and 37th highest nationally. (See Table 11 on page 11.)
As a percentage of personal income, Georgia’s funding ranked 14th and its expenditures ranked 12th. (See Table 12 on page 12.) Analyzing revenues and expenditures as a percentage of personal income can account for differences in cost of living between states.
I wanted to publicly say how much I appreciate Georgia Public Policy Foundation. For those of you that will be entering the Legislature or are relatively new you may not quite yet appreciate how much we rely on Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s research and work. As you know we’re a citizen’s legislature. We have very little staff. They have been an invaluable, invaluable resource to us. To put this [Forum] on and the regular programs that they do throughout the year make us better at what we do. (At the 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum.)