123’s of Per-Pupil Spending

123’s of Per-Pupil Spending

Yesterday’s blog outlined some of the important characteristics of the FY2012 budget for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The superintendent’s budget message noted "even as the City of Pittsburgh’s population has declined, the number of students attending Pittsburgh Public Schools has declined even faster".

In 2001 enrollment was 37,612; in 2010 it was 27,132. Based on operating expenditures, the cost per pupil in the District rose from $12,840 to $20.686. When total expenditures-capital and debt service-are figured in, the per pupil cost stood at $23,224 in 2010.

Operating expenditures for the coming year are $529 million, down from this year’s projected total of $540 million, but until enrollment numbers are released it will be undetermined whether per pupil cost will stand. Over the decade of audited numbers per pupil spending has never fallen year over year.