Together, states and localities, pay more than 90 percent of the cost of public K-12 education, according to the State Budget Crisis Task Force, and that expenditure takes up a huge percentage of state budgets--more than 20% of total expenditures. In many states, including Colorado, K-12 education is the largest General Fund expenditure. Despite the millions of state dollars poured into K-12 education every year, America's school systems are failing to turn out successful students, as a Harvard study showed that U.S. math and reading competency scores fell below the global average. See our study "Throwing Money At Education Isn't Working" to learn what your state is pending, how students there are performing, and how that ranks with the rest of the country.
States need to fix their education problems, and they need to find budget-friendly ways to do so. Here are our Top 5 Questions to Ask Your School Board Officials About the School Budget.