investigate how taxpayer dollars finance public schools
HOW MUCH IS SPENT?
Greenville County Schools (GCS), along with all South Carolina school districts, experience significant fluctuations in education spending associated with economic cycles. After plummeting 15% per student following the Great Recession, inflation-adjusted, per student spending for GCS has increased an average of 2.5% per year. For GCS, the inflation-adjusted spending level in 2008 was not matched again until 2018. At the state level, it wasn’t matched again until 2020.
Greenville County Schools Operational Per-Pupil K-12 Expenditures
HOW IS IT SPENT?
In the 2020-21 school year, 73% of Greenville County Schools (GCS) operational expenditures went toward the combination of instruction and instructional support and 1% on district administration. The percentages for South Carolina school districts were 70% and 2%. Compared to the state average, GCS spent a higher percentage of its operational expenditures on instruction and instructional support and a lower percentage on operations, school management and district administration.