Arizona’s ranking in overall funding for elementary, middle and high school students rose slightly in 2015, but still remains in the bottom five of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a recent report.
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Arizona’s per-pupil revenue from federal, state and local sources was $8,634 in 2015, compared to the U.S. average of $13,246, according to the most recent national data on public education finances.
To move Arizona to the U.S. average in K-12 per-pupil revenue, $5 billion in additional revenue would be needed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau report.
But how much more revenue would it take to move Arizona above the five states ranked just above Arizona?
Arizona could move above North Carolina, currently ranked 47th, with an additional $368 million in revenue, said Dr. Anabel Aportela, director of research for Arizona Association of School Business Officials and Arizona School Boards Association.
To move above 46th-ranked Oklahoma, Arizona would need an additional $515 million in revenue, Aportela said.
Arizona would move above 45th-ranked Mississippi with an additional $766 million in revenue, past 44th-ranked Tennessee with an additional $921 million in revenue, and higher than 43rd-ranked Florida with an additional $1.3 billion in revenue, Aportela said.