Where does the money in a school system go?

86%, on average, of a school system budget goes into paying salaries and benefits of employees in VA. In Norfolk, 74.7% of the budget specifically goes into the teachers, assistants, & principals. These positions represent the "instructional" budget category. Research has proven that the single most important factor in student achievement is teacher quality in direct instruction. With 3/4 of the schools' budget paying, supporting, and training teachers, it makes sense to take special care of this resource by doing our best to attract and retain great teachers.