Relying on survey responses from school districts along with publicly available Annual Financial Report and General Fund Budget data submitted by all 500 school districts, the report assesses the financial condition of school districts and its impact on their 2019-20 budget plans. Once again, the data tells the story of growing school district fiscal stress tied most significantly to rising mandated costs for charter school tuition, special education and employee pensions. The report highlights the $704 million increase in just these three costs that was heaped on school districts in 2017-18, noting that rising costs in these areas alone outpace increases in state funding and accounted for $0.87 of every new dollar in state funding and local property tax revenue last year. Between 2016-17 and 2017-18, charter school tuition grew by 10% to $1.8 billion. Likewise, pension costs increased by nearly 11% to $3.7 billion, and special education costs grew by 4.26% to $4.6 billion.