Report: Tennessee student and teacher spending rose, so did education debt

Mar 5, 2024 | Political News

Tennessee schools saw an 18.4% increase in inflation-adjusted per student funding between 2002 and 2020, according to a new report.

Spending on employee benefits increased by 56.5% over the same period, according to Reason Foundation’s Education Spending Across 50 States report.

Tennessee spent $1,992 per student on employee benefits in 2020 compared to $1,273 in 2002.

The state has $6.2 billion in total education debt, up $1,125 per student since 2002, according to the report.