State of the States 2013 Luke J. Stedrak Seton Hall University state issu e s a ffec t i ng p 1 2 a n d/or higher educ at ion f u n di ng A common misconception in Mississippi is that public education funding makes up 60% of the state's total budget. Although both public universities and K12 school districts are included in the general fund of Mississippi, combined they make up less than half of the state's overall budget. Furthermore, when state tax revenues are accounted for, public education represents only approximately 22% of the state's total budget.15 f u n di ng pr ior i t i e s/tr en ds for p 1 2 a n d/or higher educ at ion Mississippi has the lowest median household income in the country at $36,916 and ranks 46th nationally in K12 student per-pupil expenditures.16 Approximately 22% of all educational funding came from the federal government, and the state ranks 45th nationally in average teacher salary and classroom expenditures at $4,563.17 Furthermore, at just $2,840 per-pupil expenditure, Mississippi is near the bottom for student support services as well.18 ch a nge s to t he
Journal of Education Finance – University of Illinois Press
Published: Mar 21, 2014
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