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‘ABCs of School Funding’ campaign to educate patrons about school finances

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To inform parents, staff and community members about the basics of school finances, Broken Arrow Public Schools is dedicated to providing easily accessible resources and transparent data through the “ABCs of School Funding.”

“School finances can seem daunting and complicated,” Chief Financial Officer Natalie Eneff said. “Due to constant discussions and news stories regarding education budget cuts, teacher pay and school funding, we partnered with the district’s communications team to provide answers to frequently asked questions and easy-to-read infographics for our patrons. These infographics include information on the district budget, bond funds, per pupil funding and budget timeline.”

On average, America spends more than $634 billion a year on public elementary and secondary education in the United States. Three levels of government—federal, state and local—contribute to education funding. States typically provide a little less than half of all elementary and secondary education funding. Local governments generally contribute about 44 percent of the total, and the federal government contributes about 13 percent of all direct expenditures.

The district runs on a $130 million dollar budget generated from property taxes and state funded revenue, which serves more than 19,000 students and 2,000 employees.

To learn more, please visit www.baschools.org/ABCsofSchoolFunding.