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 is our state’s leading organization promoting government transparency. The Secretary of State’s office shares the Foundation’s commitment to transparency and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars, which is why our agency was the first in Georgia to publish its budget and spending data on a public transparency website.