Tuesday, June 26, 2012

U.S. Census: Idaho Spends Second Least Per Pupil

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 9:04 AM

New census figures, released this morning, indicate that Idaho is the second-worst in the nation when it comes to spending-per-pupil. The statistics, which gauged how much public school systems spent for elementary and secondary students, revealed that in 2010, Idaho spent $7,106 per pupil, second-last only to Utah, which spent $6,064.

The national average of spending-per-pupil in 2010 was $10,615, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The District of Columbia ($18,667) spent the most of any state or state equivalent, followed by New York ($18,618), New Jersey ($16,841), Alaska ($15,783), Vermont ($15,274) and Wyoming ($15,169).

States that spent the least per pupil were Utah, Idaho, Arizona ($7,848) and Oklahoma ($7,896).

Additionally, Idaho received one of the highest percentages of its revenues from the federal government. According to the census, the Gem State public schools received 20.4 percent of its income from the U.S. government. Idaho was fourth in that category, following North Dakota (22 percent), Mississippi (21.2 percent) and New Mexico (20.7 percent).

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