Category Archives: Schools K-12

The Cost of Quality Out-of-School-Time Programs

Source: Jean Baldwin Grossman, Christianne Lind, et al., Wallace Foundation, January 2009

From the summary:
Out-of-school time (OST) programs are increasingly expected to be of high enough quality to produce real benefits for children, but until now there has been little information on what such quality programming costs. This groundbreaking report fills that gap, providing a data-filled examination of the costs of 111 diverse, quality OST programs in six cities. The report finds that costs vary widely depending on a range of factors from program goals to times of operation and the ages of the children served. The report is also distinctive because it looks at the full costs of programming, including non-cash contributions OST operators often depend on such as free-of-charge space for programming.

To bring these findings to life, Wallace and the report’s research team also created an online “OST cost calculator” on Wallace’s website to help users calculate the costs of various options for high-quality OST programs. To visit the site – which includes the cost calculator, examples of program costs and options, quality strategies and other resources – click here.

Green Fleets Across America 2009

Source: School Bus Fleet, Vol. 55 no. 1, January 2009
(free registration required)

For pupil transporters, “going green” not only benefits the environment and yields cost savings, it provides a healthier ride and an educational experience for students. Here, we showcase practices in place at school districts and contractors throughout the country. 

Proposed Funding for Education in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Source: Rebecca R. Skinner, David P. Smole, Ann Lordeman, Wayne C. Riddle, Congressional Research Service, R40151, January 22, 2009

On January 15, 2009, the House Committee on Appropriations released a draft version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The primary purposes of the act focus on promoting economic recovery, assisting those most affected by the recession, improving economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health, investing in infrastructure, and stabilizing state and local government budgets. As part of this act, funds would be provided to several existing education programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), including programs authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The ARRA would also create new programs that would support school construction at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education levels and provide general funds for education to support state fiscal stabilization. This report provides a brief overview of the key provisions related to education programs that are or would be administered by ED that were included in the act under Title IX (Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education) and Title XII (State Fiscal Stabilization Fund). It also provides estimates of state grants for programs for which these estimates are relevant and for which data needed to produce the estimates are available. The report will be updated as warranted by legislative action.

Economic Situation In The States

Source: Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States, December 8, 2008

A recent PowerPoint presentation from ECS’ Senior Finance Policy Analyst Mike Griffith takes a
look at (1) The national and state economic situation; (2) How past economic downturns have impacted education spending; and (3) How education budgets will be impacted.

Nutcracker Effect’: The Fiscal Outlook For States

Source: Robert B. Ward, Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, April 26, 2008

Presentation to the National Education Writers Association’s 61st National Seminar, outlining the effects of falling property values, demographic trends, and inflation on school finance. State revenue data are provided by region and for selected states. Concludes that schools have three choices: raise taxes, cut services, and/or find ways to use resources more cost-effectively.

Detailed State Data Comparison

Source: Education Week, 2009

Detailed State Data provides comprehensive data for individual states and ways to compare multiple states’ data in all categories.

To see and compare data from several states at once, check the box to the left of each state you wish to compare and click “Compare States” below.

See also:
– Individual State Reports
– School Finance Table


Source: Nicholas Johnson, Elizabeth Hudgins, and Jeremy Koulish, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, December 23, 2008

Twenty-seven states have cut education because they face massive, devastating budget deficits in this recession.

The combination of rising unemployment, declining consumer spending, declining asset values, and foreclosures has led to declining state revenues. And the number of people in poverty is growing, adding costs to state budgets for programs such as Medicaid and social services.

School Bus Safety Overview

Source: School Transportation News, November 11, 2008

Among the statistics listed on the page:

  • Nearly 500,000 yellow school buses provide transportation service daily nationwide.
  • Approximately 26 million elementary and secondary school children ride school buses daily throughout the United States, twice a day.
  • School buses travel approximately 4.4 billion miles each school year across the United States. To put this in perspective, the U.S. Department of Transportation publishes figures that show Americans drive nearly 3 trillion miles on U.S. highways each year.
  • According to the National Safety Council, the national school bus accident rate is 0.01 per 100 million miles traveled, compared to 0.04 for trains, 0.06 for commercial aviation and 0.96 for other passenger vehicles.

ASBC Releases School Bus Stats, Fuel Calculator

Source: School Bus Fleet, October 2, 2008

As a result of the 480,000 school buses currently in operation in the U.S., more than 2.3 billion gallons of fuel are spared each year, resulting in a net savings of more than $8 billion in fuel costs, according to new statistics released by the American School Bus Council (ASBC).
Among the other statistics released by the ASBC:
• 17.3 million: Total number of private vehicles that would be needed to transport students currently riding on all school buses.
• 822 million gallons per year: Total fuel used by school buses.
• $3.4 billion per year: Total cost of fuel used by school buses.
• $131 per year: Cost of fuel per child transported by school bus.
• 3.1 billion gallons per year: Total fuel for cars replaced by buses
• $11.4 billion per year: Cost of fuel for cars replaced by school buses
• 62.4 billion: Total annual car mileage saved by students riding school buses.
• 346.6 million: Total daily car mileage saved by students riding school buses.
• 36: Average number of cars needed to transport students currently riding one school bus.
See also:
National School Bus Fuel Data
Fuel Calculator
Statement of the American School Bus Council Regarding Impact of High Fuel Prices on School Districts Across the Country