Education Appropriations by Type Per $1,000 of Personal Income, Arizona State Government General Fund
Most of the general fund appropriations for education go to elementary and secondary schools. The appropriations for the School Facilities Board, which was created in 1998, are primarily capital outlays used to repair and build elementary and secondary schools.
Relative to the size of the Arizona economy, general fund appropriations have fallen for K-12, community colleges, and universities. Between fiscal year (FY) 1979 (the earliest data) and FY 2015, K-12 support from the general fund per $1,000 of personal income fell by 30 percent. The decreases were much more significant for higher education, with the FY 2015 figure for community colleges 84 percent less than in FY 1979 and the latest figure for universities 66 percent less than the value of 36 years earlier. Percentage decreases have been significant since the prerecessionary peak in FY 2007: -20 percent for K-12, -64 percent for community colleges, and -32 percent for universities.