Friday, June 6, 2014

Per Pupil Spending versus Per Inmate Spending in Kansas

At the KASB Advocacy meeting in Kansas City, Kansas yesterday, the group discussed the potential impacts that students who do not graduate could have on the Kansas economy.

As part of this discussion, a question was asked regarding the average per-pupil spending in Kansas compared to the average per-inmate spending.  A fact sheet produced by the Vera Institute of Justice indicates that in 2010, the average spending per inmate in Kansas was $18,207; compared to the $12,330 we spent per pupil that same year.

One could argue that increases in per-pupil spending that lead to more successful students could decrease the number of Kansas students served by the corrections system, and therefore could lead to overall savings for the State. 

Food for thought.  

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