Education Spending Per Student By State

Governing: The Census Bureau compiles data on education spending per pupil and elementary and secondary education revenues for each state in their Annual Survey of School System Finances. The most recent data, released on May 11, 2020, is from the 2018 fiscal year.

Nationally, the 2018 data indicates $12,612 is spent on public education per student, up nearly $1,000 as compared to the 2016 data. Significant variation exists across states; New York spends more than $24,000 per student, while states like Utah and Idaho report spending less than a third as much.

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