The Council for Better Education has just released new reports showing SEEK trends over the last five years. Reports for the state and each district are available here, and the press release is here.
Statewide, total SEEK funding per pupil showed small growth each year until this one. Remember that in 2008, districts were also required to add two instructional days, explaining the largest of the earlier increases. For 2010, the total moved downward:
The drop was created by shrinking state contributions. The state's share of the SEEK base guarantee went down in 2009 and down again in 2010. The state contribution to Tier I equalization went down in 2010, and the add-on funding for students with special needs also dipped this year.
Meanwhile, local funding has grown. Until 2010, the local growth was enough to offset the state shifts. In 2010, local growth slowed down substantially, adding only $27 per pupil to the required SEEK base, $2 to optional Tier I funding that receives state equalization, and $2 to unequalized Tier II funding.
Repeating the earlier disclosure, I consult for the Council and contributed to the development of these reports.