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By Liv Finne
Washington Policy Center 

An Overview of Public School Funding in Washington state


Last updated 11/5/2020 at 10:26am

Operating expenditures for Washington’s K-12 public schools have increased almost 92 percent in real terms since 1982, even though student population has increased by only 36 percent. In 2005, Washington taxpayers spent about $9,500 per public school student. In contrast, private schools typically spend around $6,000 per student. Even taking the differences in their missions into account, public schools still spend over 50 percent more per student than private schools, and generally achieve poorer academic results.

Despite a consistently high level of expenditure, less than half of Washin...

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