If one looks at this chart from Ballotpedia apparently not too much!
Look at the percentage of total expenditures for students in these schools from ALL OVER THE US which are listed by total enrollment. KISD likes to brag about how big it is, but playing with the big boys means that they should be SPENDING on students like the big boys. But in KISD there are other priorities for spending. When 50 contractor/builders and others of that ilk show up at the first meeting by the District to announce their building plans which are possible because of the recently barely passed bond issue, obviously OUR school district has other priorities.
Spending on students means spending on their education–their teachers, their books, and other teaching materials, not their housing, so get that straight. Former Board Member Jim Williams (for whom Williams Elementary is named), once said when running for office, “A good teacher can teach under a tree.” I agreed with him in principle, but I said, “She shouldn’t have to!”) But I didn’t mean that she needed a palace, either.
Check out this chart of the largest schools in our country. Note the percentage of the revenue that is spent on students. Katy ISD is right down there at the bottom, and look at the company they’re keeping! Katy ISD ranks 26th from the BOTTOM of 1,000 of the largest US school districts in the percentage of expenditures spent on pupils!
Average total spending per district:
Most total spending:
$24,814,225,000 (New York City Department of Education, New York)
Least total spending:
$59,143,000 (Yuma Elementary School District, Arizona)
Average spent per student:
Most spent per student:
$23,946 (Newark Public Schools, New Jersey)
Least spent per student:
$5,273 (Joint School District, Idaho)
Average percentage of classroom spending:
Highest percentage of classroom spending:
98.43% (Acadia Parish Schools, Louisiana)
Lowest percentage of classroom spending:
44.47% (Val Verde Unified School District, California)
Expenditures per student refers to the total amount of school district spending divided by student enrollment in the district.
Actual per-pupil expenditures refers to the amount that each school district reported spending per student. Some school district expenditures, such as debt payments, are generally not classified as classroom spending. Therefore, such spending is counted only in the total expenditures figure and not in the per-pupil expenditures figure.
Percentage of total expenditures spent on pupils refers to the percentage of school district spending that is classified as classroom spending.
If you wish to see these columns rearranged by topic, go to the link above, and click on the heading for the column desires.