Citizens Research Council Dives Into Education Funding Debate

Oct 17, 2014

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The Citizens Research Council has issued a report on one of the most contentious issues of this election season. 

The CRC has examined funding to K-12 education in the state. While Republicans have pointed to increases in money spent on education, Democrats have said money to schools has been cut.  

The researchers conclude that funding to schools is up compared to four years ago. Most of that money has been used to satisfy school retirement costs. But the Citizens Research Council finds that funding has not gone up as much as it could have. The decision to use the school aid fund for higher education, in addition to K-12 schools, and state tax changes, meant fewer dollars were available for schools. 

The council report finds that while more money is being spent on education, it's much tougher to determine whether schools are better off now than they were four years ago.