Posted by Jerri Derlikowski on December 16th 2013
Check out our infographic on education funding. This is a quick and simple way to see where funding for Arkansas P-12 education comes from, how it's used, and AACF's recommendations for how to support low-income students effectively. The state invests about 60 percent of its state budget in public schools and higher education. It's important we make sure that funding is used in ways to support all Arkansas students. A well-educated workforce is the key to Arkansas's future.
Pre-K funding has been stagnant since 2008, but the state has continued to provide cost of living increases for K-12 education. AACF is also calling for improvements in the distribution of NSLA (state funding to schools based on the count of free and reduced lunch students). If the funding is to benefit low-income students it should be used for pre-k, after-school and summer programs, and coordinated school health programs.