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Here’s how much each Alabama school spent on students

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Aug 04 2019 1:56 PM

As the result of a new requirement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, the public is getting a close look at how much money public schools—not just districts---spent educating Alabama’s children.

And those numbers, from the 2017-18 school year, are all over the map, varying widely between districts and between schools---even in the same district, and there is no clear link between dollars per pupil and student outcomes.

One surprising finding in the school-level spending numbers was that spending is actually higher in schools with higher levels of poverty, generally speaking, even after federal dollars---which are typically higher at schools with more students in poverty---are removed.

“You can’t draw many conclusions,” said Alabama Superintendent Eric Mackey directly from the spending data. While some want to look for correlations between high amounts of spending and high student outcomes, he said, it’s just not that easy.



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