South Carolina public school spending 101


The Voice recently wrote about the confusing details of public school funding in South Carolina. You can read about where the average of $11,480 per public school student comes from here.

Now a quick look at where the money goes. From the Budget and Control Boards’ own “Local Government Finance Report.”

For every dollar spent by local public school districts:

43 cents goes to Instruction
31 cents goes to Administration
15 cents goes to Purchase of Land and Facility Construction
10 cents goes to Debt Service and Interest on Debt
less than 1 cent goes to Health and Human Services
less than 1 cent goes to Recreation and Culture
and 1 cent goes to “All Other”

Also of interest to parents and taxpayers in South Carolina: From 2001 to 2007, absolute growth in spending was 39 percent. Growth in administrative spending outpaced growth in instruction by 10 percent.

In 2007 more than $8.1 billion was spent by public schools in South Carolina but “only” $3.5 billion reached the classroom in the form of instructional spending.


3 responses to “South Carolina public school spending 101

  1. I could have used this information for my debate, but where is your source?!?!

  2. The Local Government Finance Report, issued by the Office of Research and Statistics at the South Carolina Budget and Control Board.
    Here is the link

  3. Thank you for this information.

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