Published Online: August 25, 2015
Published in Print: August 26, 2015, as K-12 Instructional Materials, Construction Gain in Budgets

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K-12 Instructional Materials, Construction Gain in Budgets

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School spending on instructional materials and construction has risen over the past year, as funding for K-12 continues to creep upward from the days of the Great Recession, according to the 2015 Annual State of the Educational Marketplace report.

Total K-12 spending for instructional materials rose by 9 percent over the prior year, to $11.8 billion in the 2013-14 school year—the first increase since the 2007-08 year, the report by the Education Market Association says. Still, spending has not returned to prerecession levels.

More than $14 billion was spent on school construction during 2014, an increase of 5 percent over the previous year, and the fourth straight year that spending on school construction has risen.

Vol. 35, Issue 02, Page 4

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