U.S. Spends 82.9% of Public School Money on Salaries and Benefits

March 3, 1998 – The United State spends 82.9% of current public education expenditures on the salaries and benefits of education employees, according to a new report by the Education Intelligence Agency.

The 20-page report, “One Yard Below: Education Statistics From A Different Angle,” compiles the latest education information from the U.S. Department of Education, the Census Bureau, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers ó reorganizing it to reveal new questions about public education spending, employment and priorities.

Fourteen easy-to-read tables and graphs accompany analysis of education finance, teacher salaries and benefits, teacher demographics, peer review, and special education. States are ranked by various new measures, among them: teacher/staff ratio; teacher/worker pay; salary/benefits ratio, and spending per teacher. National data on spending and classification are also dissected and reordered.

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