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Noncapital Education Expenditures as a Percentage of the National Average, Arizona State and Local Governments

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Visualization Notes:

Per student K-12 spending in Arizona fell substantially relative to the national average between the early 1990s and fiscal year (FY) 2006 but has dropped only a little further since then. Higher education funding per full-time-equivalent student as a percentage of the national average did not trend down through FY 2006 as did K-12 spending, but dropped in FYs 2010 and 2011. Because of the Arizona’s low incomes, Arizona does not compare as unfavorably on education spending per student if the figure is adjusted for per capita personal income, but the change over time is similar regardless of whether the adjustment for income is made.