Per student public education spending in the country fell in 2011 for the first time since at least 1977 — but not in New York, which still leads the nation in per-pupil spending.
The U.S. Census Bureau today released data that showed New York, as has long been the case, spends the most per capita on schools in the nation — $19,076 per student.
Nationally, school spending per pupil in 2011 drop .4 percent, the first time there’s been a decline since the Census Bureau started keeping the statistics. Spending per pupil was up 2.5 percent in New York in 2011, one of 30 states to report an increase. New York ranked 12th for the highest increase in the nation.
Total expenditures for schools totaled $595.1 billion in 2011, down 1.1 percent from 2010. It also fell in 2010.
Mississippi gets 22.3 percent of its education funding from the federal government, the most in the nation. New York was among the lowest at 8.9 percent.
Nationally, property taxes accounted for 65.6 percent of revenue from local sources for public schools.
Of the 100 largest school systems by enrollment, New York City School District spent the most: $19,770 per student.