Will states' budget surpluses help fund education?

educationdive | February 25, 2019

More than half of states will have budget surpluses this year, thanks to an improving economy and federal tax cuts, and at least 17 are considering teacher pay raises — but while public school advocates are hoping for funding to return to pre-recession levels, many fiscal conservatives want to build up rainy day funds instead, Education Week reports.According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, states are already spending 4.3% more on education this year than in 2018, but where that money is spent often depends on the volatility of the state’s economy: those with volatile budgets tend to spend more on paying down pension funds or on one-time expenditures like school construction, whereas states with more stable economies are looking at sustainable expenses like pay raises and kindergarten expansion.As state leaders make decisions, they must predict future revenues accurately or schools will be forced to lay off staff in the middle of the year as they have had to do in the past. States are also looking at many competing budget priorities, as areas such as higher education and foster care have also faced cuts in recent years. Most states are reaping the benefits of an improving economy, but now face a "more money, more problems" dilemma. Public education already accounts for a large percentage of state budgets, but ed leaders and advocates are pushing for more money as state coffers fill.

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