Jackson spends nearly $2,000 more per student than does Desoto. Desoto has 6,111 more students than Jackson. The two districts were virtually dead even in 2009 with a difference of only 212 students as Desoto had 30,411 and Jackson had 30,199 students. The spending per student is found on page 62 in the Desoto and p.72 in the Jackson audits.JJ made a similar comparison in 2009. Earlier post.
Jackson actually spends more than $1,000 per student on instructional spending but $200 more per student on actual school administration spending. Jackson is thus putting more money in the classroom and wasting more money on actually running schools. Administration costs include support staff.
Number of Students*
Desoto is 36% black, 52% white, and 5% Hispanic.
Jackson is 96% black.
Cost per student
Instructional Spending per student
General Admin spending per student
School Admin spending per student