Colorado schools get 49.8% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

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Published Friday, November 1, 2019

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Nearly 50 percent of Colorado public education funding comes from local tax revenues, the 18th highest level among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to data from the National Education Association.

Revenue per student in Colorado, based on average daily attendance figures, stood at $12,945 last year, the NEA data shows. Of the total revenues flowing to public education in the state, federal government funds made up 6.7 percent of the total and state funds amounted to 43.5 percent, the NEA reports. 

Nationwide, 47.1 percent of education funds came from state funds during the 2017-18 school year, according to the NEA. And over the same time period, 45.4 percent of school revenues came from local tax dollars, the analysis reported. The federal portion was 7.5 percent.

The average revenue amount allocated per student in the United States stood at $12,602 in 2017-18, based on fall enrollment figures, the NEA said.

Local Revenues as a Share of Total School Spending

State

Revenue per Student, Based on Average Daily Attendance

Federal Education $ as a % of Total School Funding

State Education $ as a % of Total School Funding

Local Education $ as a % of Total School Funding

Rank Based on Local Funding Share

New Hampshire

$18,417

5.3%

31.6%

63.0%

1

New York

$26,089

4.1%

37.0%

59.0%

2

Missouri

$13,691

8.4%

33.2%

58.4%

3

Massachusetts

$20,414

4.7%

38.0%

57.3%

4

Nebraska

$13,246

5.2%

37.7%

57.1%

5

Maine

$17,578

5.1%

38.0%

56.9%

6

Pennsylvania

$19,233

5.6%

38.1%

56.3%

7

New Jersey

$22,306

3.8%

40.9%

55.3%

8

Connecticut

$23,375

3.8%

41.1%

55.1%

9

Illinois

$18,210

5.8%

39.2%

55.0%

10

Nevada

$10,970

8.6%

36.8%

54.6%

11

Virginia

$14,363

7.1%

38.5%

54.4%

12

Rhode Island

$18,336

6.3%

40.7%

53.0%

13

Maryland

$18,972

6.6%

40.8%

52.6%

14

South Dakota

$13,164

13.9%

34.3%

51.8%

15

Ohio

$14,238

7.2%

41.2%

51.6%

16

Texas

$12,319

8.9%

39.7%

51.4%

17

Colorado

$12,945

6.7%

43.5%

49.8%

18

Florida

$11,643

11.4%

39.2%

49.4%

19

Louisiana

$13,893

12.3%

41.0%

46.7%

20

Georgia

$12,317

8.9%

46.0%

45.1%

21

Oklahoma

$9,724

10.7%

45.1%

44.2%

22

Tennessee

$10,872

10.7%

46.0%

43.4%

23

South Carolina

$13,262

8.4%

48.3%

43.3%

24

Oregon

$15,594

6.6%

51.4%

42.0%

25

Arizona

$10,607

12.2%

46.7%

41.2%

26

Utah

$8,584

7.6%

51.2%

41.2%

27

Montana

$13,782

11.0%

48.1%

40.9%

28

Arkansas

$12,454

11.2%

49.6%

39.2%

29

Iowa

$14,946

5.6%

55.6%

38.7%

30

Wyoming

$21,377

6.4%

56.8%

36.9%

31

Wisconsin

$14,006

6.4%

57.0%

36.6%

32

North Dakota

$18,708

6.5%

58.3%

35.3%

33

Mississippi

$10,732

14.0%

51.0%

35.0%

34

Alabama

$11,032

11.2%

54.1%

34.7%

35

Kentucky

$12,652

10.9%

54.7%

34.4%

36

California

$15,736

8.5%

58.1%

33.4%

37

Delaware

$19,049

7.8%

59.8%

32.4%

38

North Carolina

$11,261

10.1%

57.9%

32.0%

39

West Virginia

$15,291

11.5%

56.6%

31.9%

40

Washington

$16,513

5.8%

64.7%

29.5%

41

Indiana

$12,548

7.1%

64.3%

28.5%

42

Michigan

$12,272

6.7%

66.2%

27.1%

43

Kansas

$14,395

7.4%

66.0%

26.6%

44

Minnesota

$16,151

4.2%

69.2%

26.6%

45

Idaho

$8,349

7.9%

66.6%

25.5%

46

Alaska

$24,826

15.1%

59.5%

25.4%

47

New Mexico

$14,292

14.8%

67.5%

17.7%

48

Vermont

$22,364

6.3%

89.4%

4.3%

49

Hawaii

17543

7.8%

90.5%

1.7%

50

Source: National Education Association

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