How does MPCSD's funding and spending per student compare to neighboring peer districts?

  • What is so encouraging about the conversation around school funding is the clear reality that Menlo Park City School District residents receive far more value for their tax dollars than our neighboring, similar communities. Since 2000, MPCSD has doubled or tripled the rate of student achievement increase compared to our neighboring districts. We offer similar class sizes and arguably better instruction. Additionally, the programs available to our students are second to none. We do all of this for less money than any of our peers. The table below illustrates how much each district receives (revenue) and how much each spends (expense), when averaged out across all students in the district.

     

    Per Pupil Funding comparison for 2014-15 (revenue)

    Menlo Park

    Palo Alto

    Las Lomitas

    Portola Valley

    Woodside

    $13,720

    $15,711

    $16,399

    $20,791

    $21,109

    Per Pupil Spending comparison for 2014-15 (expense)

    Menlo Park

    Palo Alto

    Las Lomitas

    Portola Valley

    Woodside

    $14,294*

    $15,578

    $15,739

    $19,810

    $21,785

    *This number is slightly higher than the Funding number because of planned spend-down of reserves this year.