Classroom spending continues to slide in Arizona schools

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Monday, March 3, 2014

The share of education tax dollars that actually winds up in Arizona classrooms slid again last year, to the lowest level in the 13 years the state has been monitoring.

New figures from the Auditor General’s Office show less than 54 cents out of every education dollar went into actual classroom spending — 7.4 percentage points below the national average.

Auditor General Debra Davenport said that shows up largely in more students being packed into fewer classes.

The average class size in Arizona is larger than the national average, Davenport said, and has increased in the last two years.

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