Education spending in Tennessee continues to increase year over year, but the amount of taxpayer dollars making it to the classroom hasn’t, a new report out Wednesday concludes. Instead, it has decreased.

Only about 53% of education funding from the state — nearly 7% less than the national average — makes it into the classroom, directly impacting teachers and students, the Beacon Center of Tennessee argues in its latest report tracking trends in the state’s education spending.

Tennessee spends more than $11 billion on K-12 education each year, or about $11,300 per student, according to the report. Funding has grown by about 30% since 2012, according to the report, despite student enrollment increasing only about 5% statewide.

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