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.
The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been doing important work for the free enterprise movement for the past 20 years. I can assure you from the vantage of a non-profit think tank in Washington, D.C. with much the same principles as GPPF that the work we do simply would not be possible if it were not for the important work that GPPF does. We see it, we understand it, it is an inspiration to us, it is the kind of thing that will translate into the important work that we can do in Washington, D.C. We thank you very much for that.