• School Finance

    Arizona’s school finance system was created in 1980 and has undergone incremental modifications for the past 30 years. The result is a complicated funding system that funds students and schools in inequitable ways. Our knowledge and expertise of Arizona’s complicated school finance formula, along with our partnerships in the education community, have resulted in effective collaboration to improve school funding. Our policy tools, communication briefs, and in-depth publications empower leaders to make the most informed decisions possible. The Center stands ready to provide these data rich tools to support policy makers and stakeholders as they make decisions that will affect future school outcomes.

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Featured Work

Funding Formula Tool

In collaboration with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and A For Arizona, the Center developed a comprehensive school finance tool to evaluate reform options for Arizona’s complicated school funding formula.

Classrooms First Council

The Center is a trusted advisor to the Governor’s Classrooms First Council and provids extensive evidence and testimony to Council members regarding the need to modernize the state’s education funding system.

School Finance Infographic

The Center for Student Achievement analyzed Arizona’s complex and outdated funding system and created a graphic to show how K-12 education is funded. Arizona provides funding to local school districts and independent charter holders that, in turn, distribute resources to their school sites. This graphic shows the various sources of revenue that fund our public schools.

The Blog


While acknowledging Arizona K-12 funding is low compared to the national average, Governor Ducey in his state of the state […]

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Bonds and Overrides: A Shift to Local Support

During the Great Recession, Arizona shifted from a K-12 funding system primarily supported by the state, to one where local taxpayers […]

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Special Education Student Enrollment Patterns - SPED Series, Part III

In this third installment of our series of special education funding blogs, we sought to better understand the enrollment patterns […]

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Special Education Simplified - SPED Series, Part II

As Arizona’s K-12 enrollment has grown, including students with disabilities, our school finance formula has stayed relatively unchanged. It has not […]

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