Economic Impact of Schools on Local Economies

Association of School Business Officials in New York have released its second annual School District Economic Impact analysis that calculates public education's district-level, regional, and statewide economic footprint. In the 2018-19 school year, school districts were responsible for 635,000 full-time jobs. School districts directly employed the equivalent of 384,000 full-time positions and another 251,000 full-time jobs are indirectly linked with companies supplying goods and materials to school districts as well employee spending. Total earnings for these jobs statewide are $47 billion. Public education's economic footprint generates $2.6 billion in state income tax and $1.1 billion in sales tax.

Traditionally, the benefits of public education have been measured over the long-term. As students graduate from high school and enter the workforce or attend college, they contribute back to society and their communities through both civic engagement (e.g., voting and volunteering) and financial support (e.g., paying taxes to fund Social Security or donations to charitable organizations). During the 2018-19 school year, approximately 173,000 high school seniors graduated from New York public schools. Beyond public education's long-term benefits, there are more immediate economic impacts that school districts have on their communities.

This analysis uses an economic multiplier that measures both the direct and spillover impact of school district spending in terms of employment, income, and taxes generated.

"This analysis shows that public education has a substantial economic impact on the state in addition to its important role in preparing students for college or careers," says Michael Borges, Executive Director of ASBO New York. In addition to the statewide economic impact of public education, ASBO's School District Economic Impact tool shows the jobs, payroll, and taxes generated by each school district and the impact on each region.

"On June 9th, communities across the state will vote on school budgets for the 2020-21 school year," Borges continued. "ASBO's School District Economic Impact study provides voters additional data about the positive impact public schools have on their communities, regions, and state. As school districts contend with unprecedented economic challenges because of COVID-19, Governor Cuomo has warned that, without additional federal aid, the State will be forced to make dramatic reductions in state aid to school districts. As seen in ASBO's Return on Investment study, schools are crucial to the economic wellbeing of our communities. The Governor has repeatedly cited the central role that school districts play in plans to reopen the economy. It is for those reasons that ASBO is calling on New York's congressional delegation to provide additional funding to the state to support our public educational system."

Here is link to ROI tool on ASBO's website: https://www.asbonewyork.org/mpage/economic-impact-update

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