According to a report released Sept. 4 by the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, per-student spending is down from last year in 26 states. Also according to the report, per-student spending is below 2008 levels in 35 states.
From Fiscal Year 2008 to Fiscal Year 2013, per-student funding in Idaho, adjusted for inflation, has decreased $1,083, according to the report. Idaho ranks fourth in the nation for student cuts in that same time frame, decreasing per-student funding by 19 percent. Arizona ranks first in funding cuts with a 21.8 percent change, followed by Alabama at 21.7 percent and Oklahoma at 20.3 percent.
"By the Numbers," a Boise Weekly feature published August 24, 2011, detailed per-student spending in Idaho, comparing the state spending to national levels, as well as district by district breakdowns throughout Idaho. From that report: