Lt. Governor Releases 3rd Annual School Spending Reports; Public School Districts and Vo-Tech & Charter Schools Included

Over $21 million annually could be spent on students

DOVER, Del. (Thursday, September 6, 2012) – Today, Lt. Governor Matt Denn released his third annual reports on how Delaware’s schools spend their funds on direct educational services for students.

These reports (one for public schools and another for Vo-Tech & Charter Schools) focus on expenditures in the 2010-2011 school year.  The purpose of these reports is to provide parents and taxpayers with information regarding the spending practices of the school districts in which they live and/or where their children attend school.

The ultimate goal of providing this information is to encourage schools districts to direct more public dollars into the classroom and less into administrative overhead.

For public school districts, this year’s report shows one significant overall change in the 2010-2011 school year, as compared to prior years: the disparity between schools that are spending the highest percentages of funds on direct educational services and the other school districts significantly narrowed compared to the two prior school years.  In the prior two school years, the Lt. Governor’s office calculated that if all of the school districts were spending on direct educational services at the same ratios as the districts with the five highest percentages, over $28 million additional dollars could be spent on such direct educational services.  This year, that figure is $21,133,243, a 26% improvement over the prior school year.

For charter schools, as in last year’s report, most spent a lower percentage of their total dollars on direct educational services than traditional public school districts.  This year’s report is no different than the last two; there is an extraordinary range among the charter schools with respect to the percentage of funds spent on direct educational services– substantially greater than the spread among traditional public school districts.  Finally, almost all of the state’s charter schools spent a higher percentage of their funds on direct educational expenses (total) in 2010-2011 than in the prior year.

Both reports and charts are located at along with school district comments.