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State Education Agency Funding and Staffing in the Education Reform Era

Author(s): Nancy Kober and Diane Stark Rentner
Published: February 7, 2012

This report, which is based on a fall 2011 survey of state education agency officials, finds that state funds for state education agency operations are being cut or level-funded in most states despite an improved outlook for overall education spending at the state level.  To make up for the loss in this operational funding, most state education agencies are reducing their staffing costs.  However, many states are maintaining, and sometimes increasing, state agency staff assigned to school reform efforts.

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