The Senate Site How did public education funding fare in the Great Recession?

How did public education funding fare in the Great Recession?

Posted in 2011 on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 5:06 PM 5 Comments

There’s nothing cheerful about the Great Recession, but this trend is interesting.   When the downturn hit, we cut – but we didn’t cut all priorities equally. On the chart attached to this post you can see that public education accounted for 46 percent of our total state budget in 2008.   For 2012 – in the wake of the painful budget work of the Great Recession – public education’s percent of the total budget actually increased to 51 percent.   Among other things, this trend shows a commitment to protect public education funding as much as possible in down times.  Here’s the chart link.

If those stats sound familiar you may have read them in Lisa Schenker’s article on long-term education funding trends in Utah.  Her article and the Utah Foundation report are both worth careful analysis [Update:] Board of Education member Dave Thomas adds grist to the mill.

As we mentioned in last week’s education funding tweet, Utah’s education challenges are not simple ones.  We’d love your ideas and thoughtful feedback as we go.

Facebook4Twitter3Google+0Pinterest0LinkedIn0StumbleUpon0

5 Comments to “How did public education funding fare in the Great Recession?”

  1. [...] There’s nothing cheerful about the Great Recession, but this trend is interesting. When the downturn hit, we cut – but we didn’t cut all priorities equally. On the chart attached to this post you can see that public education accounted for 46 percent of our total state budget in 2008. For 2012 – in the wake of the painful budget work of the Great Recession – public education’s percent of the total budget actually increased to 51 percent. Among other things, this trend shows a commitment to protect public education funding as much as possible in down times. Here’s the chart link. If those stats sound familiar you may have read them in Lisa Schenker’s article on long-term education funding trends in Utah. Her article and the Utah Foundation report are both worth careful analysis. http://www.senatesite.com/home/utedrecession/ [...]

  2. [...] funds going to public education has held fairly steady since the 1990s. And as Utah Senate staff recently highlighted, this figure has increased in recent years to more than 50 percent of state funds because the [...]

  3. [...] Senate Site: How did public education funding fare in the Great Recession? [...]

  4. Hey very nice website!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds additionally?I am happy to search out numerous helpful information here within the post, we need work out extra strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  5. Thank you for some other informative blog. Where else may I get that type of info written in such a perfect approach? I’ve a mission that I’m just now working on, and I’ve been on the glance out for such information.

Leave a Reply

© 2013 Utah Senate. All Rights Reserved.