The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its latest per-pupil spending report, and for New York, the results were not surprising.
The results, released May 21, were based on data from the 2011 fiscal year for public elementary-secondary school systems.
According to data, New York spent $19,076 per student in the 2011 fiscal year, as compared to the national average of $10,560. Washington, D.C., spent the second-most per pupil ($18,475), and Utah spent the least ($6,212).
Overall, per-pupil spending was down 0.4 percent from 2010.
So, with all this spending on students, does New York really offer a superior education? It may be so: Earlier this year Education Week ranked the state as having the third-best schools in the country.
By contrast, Alaska spent the third-highest amount on students ($16,674 per head) in 2011, but Education Week has the state tied for having the fourth-worst schools in the country.