What costs drive school district spending?
What costs drive school district spending? Now that we've covered the fundamentals of school district operating expenditures, it is important to review change in spending over time. Since 2010-11, three major areas of expenditures represent the largest portion of annual cost growth for school district spending: pensions, charter school tuition, and special education. Below, we illustrate each of these cost areas individually. Keep an eye out next week as we begin reviewing mandated costs and their impact on school district local revenues.
Click on the infogram below to see the change in the total school district employee pension costs from 2010-11 to 2016-17. Pension expenditures' increase in the share of school district’s total expenditures has increased as the employer contribution rate established by the state has increased dramatically.