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Iowa schools get 38.7% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

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Nearly 39 percent of Iowa public education funding comes from local tax revenues, the 30th highest level among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to data from the National Education Association.

Revenue per student in Iowa, based on average daily attendance figures, stood at $14,946 last year, the NEA data shows. Of the total revenues flowing to public education in the state, federal government funds made up 5.6 percent of the total and state funds amounted to 55.6 percent, the NEA reports. 

Nationwide, 47.1 percent of education funds came from state funds during the 2017-18 school year, according to the NEA. And over the same time period, 45.4 percent of school revenues came from local tax dollars, the analysis reported. The federal portion was 7.5 percent.

The average revenue amount allocated per student in the United States stood at $12,602 in 2017-18, based on fall enrollment figures, the NEA said.

Local Revenues as a Share of Total School Spending

State Revenue per Student, Based on Average Daily Attendance Federal Education $ as a % of Total School Funding State Education $ as a % of Total School Funding Local Education $ as a % of Total School Funding Rank Based on Local Funding Share
New Hampshire $18,417 5.3% 31.6% 63.0% 1
New York $26,089 4.1% 37.0% 59.0% 2
Missouri $13,691 8.4% 33.2% 58.4% 3
Massachusetts $20,414 4.7% 38.0% 57.3% 4
Nebraska $13,246 5.2% 37.7% 57.1% 5
Maine $17,578 5.1% 38.0% 56.9% 6
Pennsylvania $19,233 5.6% 38.1% 56.3% 7
New Jersey $22,306 3.8% 40.9% 55.3% 8
Connecticut $23,375 3.8% 41.1% 55.1% 9
Illinois $18,210 5.8% 39.2% 55.0% 10
Nevada $10,970 8.6% 36.8% 54.6% 11
Virginia $14,363 7.1% 38.5% 54.4% 12
Rhode Island $18,336 6.3% 40.7% 53.0% 13
Maryland $18,972 6.6% 40.8% 52.6% 14
South Dakota $13,164 13.9% 34.3% 51.8% 15
Ohio $14,238 7.2% 41.2% 51.6% 16
Texas $12,319 8.9% 39.7% 51.4% 17
Colorado $12,945 6.7% 43.5% 49.8% 18
Florida $11,643 11.4% 39.2% 49.4% 19
Louisiana $13,893 12.3% 41.0% 46.7% 20
Georgia $12,317 8.9% 46.0% 45.1% 21
Oklahoma $9,724 10.7% 45.1% 44.2% 22
Tennessee $10,872 10.7% 46.0% 43.4% 23
South Carolina $13,262 8.4% 48.3% 43.3% 24
Oregon $15,594 6.6% 51.4% 42.0% 25
Arizona $10,607 12.2% 46.7% 41.2% 26
Utah $8,584 7.6% 51.2% 41.2% 27
Montana $13,782 11.0% 48.1% 40.9% 28
Arkansas $12,454 11.2% 49.6% 39.2% 29
Iowa $14,946 5.6% 55.6% 38.7% 30
Wyoming $21,377 6.4% 56.8% 36.9% 31
Wisconsin $14,006 6.4% 57.0% 36.6% 32
North Dakota $18,708 6.5% 58.3% 35.3% 33
Mississippi $10,732 14.0% 51.0% 35.0% 34
Alabama $11,032 11.2% 54.1% 34.7% 35
Kentucky $12,652 10.9% 54.7% 34.4% 36
California $15,736 8.5% 58.1% 33.4% 37
Delaware $19,049 7.8% 59.8% 32.4% 38
North Carolina $11,261 10.1% 57.9% 32.0% 39
West Virginia $15,291 11.5% 56.6% 31.9% 40
Washington $16,513 5.8% 64.7% 29.5% 41
Indiana $12,548 7.1% 64.3% 28.5% 42
Michigan $12,272 6.7% 66.2% 27.1% 43
Kansas $14,395 7.4% 66.0% 26.6% 44
Minnesota $16,151 4.2% 69.2% 26.6% 45
Idaho $8,349 7.9% 66.6% 25.5% 46
Alaska $24,826 15.1% 59.5% 25.4% 47
New Mexico $14,292 14.8% 67.5% 17.7% 48
Vermont $22,364 6.3% 89.4% 4.3% 49
Hawaii 17543 7.8% 90.5% 1.7% 50

Source: National Education Association