An inewsource/KPBS investigation found the budgets of eight of San Diego County’s 42 public school districts have been steadily increasing in recent years despite state cuts to education. Some of them provide thousands more dollars in per pupil funding than other publicly funded schools in less affluent neighborhoods.
And the increases come from local property tax dollars.
The districts, a majority of which are located in North County neighborhoods, received between $100 and $5,800 in additional revenue for each of their students in the 2009-2010 academic year – and that trend will continue through next year.
These “basic aid” or “excess tax” tax districts can spend more per pupil than other public school districts which rely on state funding to meet revenue limits.
To search the maps, click on a district to view revenue and per student funding information about that district. The highlighted districts are basic aid districts.