PPS spending on direct classroom support dropped from 49 to 29 percent in 4 years, and is far less than other Oregon districts.
Revenue is not keeping pace with the cost of operating our schools.
During our last three-year contract with the Portland Association of Teachers, we served fewer students with more educators, and the costs associated with those educators increased three times as much.
But our costs have also increased because we're supporting our students as they recover from pandemic-related learning losses.
75% of our budget for day-to-day operations directly supports student learning.
You can learn more about our 2023-2024 budget on the Budget & Grant Accounting webpages.
These investments also keep class sizes low.
And our average elementary class size is 23 students.
We use the majority of our resources on direct school support.
HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW...
PPS spent LESS on classrooms year after year
The truth is:
PPS spending on classrooms year after year is STABLE
PPS spending on direct classroom support remained stable and steady at 48-49 percent over 4 years, and is on par with other Oregon districts.
PAT's claim is based on numbers that the Oregon Department of Education has confirmed are incorrect, and which they have corrected.
90% of our operational spending goes back into our buildings.
And we spend more per student than the state's largest districts.