U.S. spends average of $8,701 per pupil on education
WASHINGTON(Reuters) -- The United States spent an average of $8,701
per pupil to educate its children in 2005, the Census Bureau said Thursday, with
some states paying more than twice as much per student as others.
New York was the biggest spender on education, at $14,119 per student, with
New Jersey second at $13,800 and Washington, D.C., third at $12,979, the Census
Bureau said. Seven of the top 10 education spenders were Northeastern
The states with the lowest spending were Utah, at $5,257 per pupil, Arizona
$6,261, Idaho $6,283, Mississippi $6,575 and Oklahoma $6,613. The 10 states with
the lowest education spending were in the West or South.
Overall the United States spent an average of $8,701 per student on
elementary and secondary education in 2005, up 5 percent from $8,287 the
previous year, the bureau said.
Funding is largely a state and local responsibility under the U.S. system,
with 47 percent coming from state governments, 43.9 percent from local sources
and only 9.1 percent from the federal government.
Students in northeastern and northern states tend to perform better on
standardized tests than students in southern and southwestern states. But
experts say the correlation between spending and testing performance is not
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