School Spending Per Student Down in 2010-2011

 
Students enter the cafeteria at Draper Middle School in Rotterdam, N.Y. New York spent more per pupil than any other state (behind only the District of Columbia) in elementary and secondary education in 2010-2011. (AP)

Schools spent less money per student in the 2010-2011 academic year than they did the year before, even though revenues increased, according to a new report.

The National Center for Education Statistics found that after adjusting for inflation, state and local revenues per pupil increased by 0.2 percent nationwide while spending dropped by 1.6 percent.

Expenditures per student for public elementary and secondary education varied widely across the states, ranging from $6,326 in Utah to $20,793 in the District of Columbia. 

The 50 states and the District of Columbia reported collecting $604.3 billion in revenues for public elementary and secondary education in fiscal year 2011, with state and local governments providing 87.5 percent of revenues for education and the federal government, 12.5 percent.

School Funding by State: Spending Per Pupil for 2010-2011 Academic Year

Top 10

Bottom 10

  1. Washington, D.C.: $20,793
  2. New York: $18,834
  3. New Jersey: $16,855
  4. Alaska: $16,663
  5. Connecticut: $16,224
  6. Wyoming: $15,815
  7. Rhode Island: $14,948
  8. Vermont: $14,707
  9. Massachusetts: $14,285
  10. Maryland: $14,123
  1. Utah: $6,326
  2. Idaho: $6,821
  3. Oklahoma: $7,631
  4. Arizona: $7,782
  5. Mississippi: $7,926
  6. No. Carolina: $8,267
  7. Nevada: $8,411
  8. Tennessee: $8,484
  9. Texas: $8,685
  10. Alabama: $8,726
 
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