Increases in education spending have little correlation with actual student counts, data show

In Politics by Michael Rae

The latest update to Reason Foundation’s K-12 Education Spending Spotlight provides a snapshot of K-12 education finance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia from 2002 to 2020. Based on the newest Census Bureau data available for the 2020 fiscal year, Reason’s Spending Spotlight shows how school spending and student enrollment changed before COVID-19 hit and the pandemic’s impact on both. 

Between 2002 and 2020, 49 out of 50 states increased their inflation-adjusted per-pupil education spending. North Carolina was the only state that did not increase its inflation-adjusted education spending during that period.

On average, between 2002 and 2020, nationwide