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Below you will find district-level finance information updated to reflect the 2019-20 school year. Included on this page are per-pupil expenditures, expenditures over time, and expenditures by federal, state, and local funding sources. COVID-19 has impacted Tennessee school districts in different ways; some districts may have received less local funding than they expected, even if state and federal funding were not impacted.

2019-20 finance information for schools will be made available in early 2021.

Per-pupil Expenditures

The per-pupil expenditure indicator is defined as the amount of spending per pupil by a district or school over the course of the entire fiscal year. We calculate per-pupil expenditures by dividing expenditures over the academic year by students enrolled. Below you will find per-pupil expenditure figures, as well as additional per-pupil expenditure information at the district and state level.

Per-pupil Expenditures

$9,989

What does this mean?

This number represents the total per-pupil expenditures for this district or school in the 2019-20 school year.

Why is this important?

Per-pupil expenditures can give insight into how a district allocates the funds it receives across its schools. At the school-level, this information can show how funds are allocated within schools and the balance between state, local, and federal funding. The amount of expenditures per pupil varies across districts and schools.

Total Expenditures

$9,794,677,100

What does this mean?

Total expenditures reflect the total amount of funds spent by a district or school in 2019-20.

Why is this important?

Total expenditure information can give insight into the cost of running a school or district and providing the necessary services to all students. Total expenditures can vary across districts and schools.

Total Expenditures Over Time

What does this mean?

This figure reflects the change in total expenditures over time over the past few years.

Why is this important?

We can use this figure to see changes in total expenditures over time for this district or school. Total expenditures can vary from year to year and across districts and schools for a variety of reasons. Expenditures can change from year to year due to student population and school closures, for example, and can be useful in assessing the amount we are continuing to invest in our schools and districts.

Expenditures by Source

What does this mean?

Funding sources identify where the money spent came from. Schools and districts receive funding from federal, state, and local sources. Local funds for some districts may be smaller than previous years if the local sources of revenue (such as local taxes) were less as a result of COVID-19, even if the state funding sources did not change.

Why is this important?

The amount of funding available to school districts directly impacts how much money can be put towards paying for teachers, technology, school buildings, curriculum, and other school needs. The amount of funding received from different funding sources for schools and districts varies across Tennessee. Some districts have more local funds than others, while others might receive more federal funds depending on participation in federal funding programs.