Jun. 1, 2006
Classroom spending includes teachers; supplies such as pencils, papers and textbooks; and student activities such as athletics, field trips and choir.
In some categories, Arizona's 2004-2005 average spending remained above the 2003 national averages available.
• Schools spent 11.4 percent maintaining buildings and grounds, higher than the 9.5 percent nationally.
• Spending on counselors and nurses continued to grow, up to 7 percent, compared with 5.2 percent nationally.
• Preparing and serving meals cost state schools an average of 4.8 percent of their budgets, well above the 3.9 percent national average.
• Transportation cost 4.1 percent of school budgets, compared with 4 percent nationally.
Spending on principals, superintendents and business operations, however, continued to drop in 2004-2005. Arizona schools have fewer administrators per student than the national average and spent an average 9.5 percent of their budgets on administration. That's below the 2003 national average of 11.1 percent.
The report also found that a voter-approved sales tax generated $291 million for classroom expenditure. Schools spent 93.5 percent of that money on teacher pay and benefits.
The report is at www.auditorgen.state.az.us.