The cost of education

How much does it cost to educate a student in Hamilton County?

The Metro Ideas Project examined more than a dozen local, state and federal datasets to answer a simple question: How much does it cost to educate a student in Hamilton County, Tennessee? The answer has important implications for elected officials, educators and the general public.

Our research

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A simple question

Our series on education spending will examine the per pupil expenditure for each public school in Hamilton County, Tennessee. There are four reasons those spending levels are important to know.

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Follow the money

It costs around $400 million to operate the public school system in Hamilton County, Tennessee. We explore where the money comes from.

Full report and methodology

Download our full detailed report on the cost of education in Hamilton County.

Final report: The cost of education
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Further reading

A Guide to Understanding the Budget

The Hamilton County Department of Education released this citizen's guide in summer 2015 to accompany its upcoming fiscal operating budget.