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2001 2016

In November 2000, voters approved Proposition 301, which increased the State’s sales tax from 5 percent to 5.6 percent to provide additional money for educational programs. The enabling legislation for Proposition 301 requires the Auditor General to “. . . monitor school districts to determine the percentage of every dollar spent in the classroom by a school district.” This report presents our analysis of the percentage of dollars spent in the classroom for the most recently completed school year.

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Arizona. Division of School Audits, Arizona. Office of the Auditor General, Arizona. Legislature
Created Date
2001/2015

In fiscal year 2013, Safford USD's student achievement was similar to peer districts', and the District operated efficiently overall with most costs lower than, or similar to, the peer districts' averages. The District's administrative cost per pupil was similar to the peer districts' average, and its plant operations and food service program operated efficiently. Further, despite a higher cost per rider, the District's transportation program was reasonably efficient. However, the District should strengthen controls over its computer network and systems.

Contributors
Arizona. Division of School Audits, Arizona. Office of the Auditor General, Arizona. Legislature
Created Date
2015-09

In fiscal year 2012, Santa Cruz Valley USD's student achievement was similar to peer districts', and its operations were reasonably efficient overall despite having some higher costs than peer districts', on average. However, the District needs to improve its computer controls, pay its credit cards in full to avoid interest charges, and accurately report its costs.

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Arizona. Division of School Audits, Arizona. Office of the Auditor General, Arizona. Legislature
Created Date
2015-09

In fiscal year 2012, Tolleson ESD's student achievement was similar to peer districts', and its operational efficiencies were mixed, with some costs higher and some costs lower than peer districts', on average. Specifically, the District's plant operations and food service program operated efficiently, but its administration and transportation program operated less efficiently with higher costs than peer districts' averages.

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Arizona. Division of School Audits, Arizona. Office of the Auditor General, Arizona. Legislature
Created Date
2015-08

In fiscal year 2012, Wenden ESD's student test scores on Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) were mixed compared to peer district averages, with similar scores in reading but lower scores in math, writing, and science. Although the District's costs in noninstructional areas were mixed, with some costs higher and some costs lower than peer districts' averages, the District was reasonably efficient overall. However, auditors identified several opportunities for improved procedures and controls.

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Arizona. Division of School Audits, Arizona. Legislature, Arizona. Office of the Auditor General
Created Date
2015-06

In fiscal year 2012, Kayenta Unified School District’s student achievement was slightly higher than peer districts’, and the District’s efficiency in noninstructional areas was mixed, with some costs higher and some lower than peer districts’, on average. The District’s per pupil administrative costs were similar to peer districts’, on average, but the District needs to strengthen controls over its computer network and systems. The District’s plant operations costs were much higher partly because it provided employee housing and had some unique facilities that other districts typically do not have. However, the District also had excess space at its schools. To ...

Contributors
Arizona. Division of School Audits, Arizona. Office of the Auditor General, Arizona. Legislature
Created Date
2015-05

In fiscal year 2012, Scottsdale Unified School District’s student achievement was similar to peer districts’, on average, but it compared less favorably in operational efficiencies. The District’s food service program operated efficiently with a cost per meal that was lower than the peer district average. However, the District’s administrative costs were higher than peer districts’, primarily because it employed more administrative staff. In addition, the District inaccurately reported its costs on its Annual Financial Report and it lacked sufficient computer controls. The District’s plant operations cost per pupil was higher than peer districts’, on average, because the District maintained more ...

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Arizona. Division of School Audits, Arizona. Office of the Auditor General, Arizona. Legislature
Created Date
2015-05

An examination of public funding for elementary and secondary education and higher education in Arizona from historical and interstate perspectives, in light of the funding mandate expressed in the Arizona Constitution. An evaluation of public education in Arizona is included.

Contributors
Hoffman, Dennis L., Rex, Tom R., Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research, et al.
Created Date
2009-01

In fiscal year 2012, Osborn Elementary School District’s student achievement was slightly higher than peer districts’, and the District’s efficiency in noninstructional areas was mixed, with some costs higher and some costs lower than peer districts’. The District’s administrative cost per pupil was slightly lower than the peer districts’ average, and its food service program operated efficiently with a lower cost per meal, on average. However, the District’s transportation program operated less efficiently, and although the District made some improvements to the program in fiscal year 2013, better oversight is still needed. Further, the District’s plant operations costs were much ...

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Arizona. Division of School Audits, Arizona. Office of the Auditor General, Arizona. Legislature
Created Date
2015-04

In fiscal year 2012, Payson Unified School District’s student achievement was slightly higher than peer district averages, and the District’s operations were reasonably efficient in most areas. The District’s administrative costs were similar to the peer district average, but the District lacked adequate controls over user access to its computer network and systems. The District’s plant operations cost per square foot was similar to the peer districts’ average, but its cost per pupil was higher because it operated more building space per pupil. The District’s transportation program costs were higher than peer district averages, but the program was reasonably efficient, ...

Contributors
Arizona. Division of School Audits, Arizona. Office of the Auditor General, Arizona. Legislature, et al.
Created Date
2014-03

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