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The More You Know – Where Georgia Ranks In Education

How do you think Georgia ranks in education spending? Near the bottom? Near the top?

We know that we’re close to the bottom in many of our achievement statistics. Our state graduation rate is 54% in aggregate ( 44% (African American), 32% (Latino), 61% (White) ). Our ranking is 46th out of 50 states. (That is also with an inflated rate of 64%).

So, how much money are we spending?
We keep hearing that education spending has been cut in Georgia. You can see the amount of money Georgia has spent on Education since 1996. There are only 3 years where the state has sent less money to school districts (2004, 2009, 2010 – by 2011, funding went up again).

Where do we rank?
Georgia is in the “Top Ten” states for education expenditures. So, we’re in the top ten on spending and in the bottom ten in achievement. What’s up with that? Here’s the ranking:
1. California
2. New York
3. Texas
4. Illinois
5. New Jersey
6. Florida
7. Pennsylvania
8. Ohio
9. Michigan
10. Georgia

Sources:
http://www2.census.gov/govs/school/10f33pub.pdf
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0014.pdf

(4) comments
  1. Can you provide some context? Is this ranking based on per-pupil funding, total funding, or what?

  2. Could you please post some recent years data for test scores to see where Georgia ranks nationally to have a side-by-side comparison of expenditures and test scores?
    Thanks.

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