New York again led the nation in per pupil school spending, up 2.4 percent between 2011 and 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau reported yesterday.
New York spent $19,552 per pupil in 2012, up from $19,076 per student in 2011.
The state has long been the leader in the nation in school spending. In this year’s budget, state aid to schools increased more than 5 percent, up to $22 billion in state aid.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to funding increases over the past three years, but has pressed schools to improve performance — saying New York spends the most but doesn’t get the best results.
The Census Bureau said that nationally, 2012 was the first year since 1977, the first year of their records, that school revenue declined, down about 1 percent.
The average per pupil was $10,608 per student on public elementary and secondary education in 2012, the same amount as 2011. All nine states in the Northeast were ranked among the 15 states with the highest spending per pupil, the Census Bureau said.After New York, the highest were the District of Columbia ($17,468), Alaska ($17,390), New Jersey ($17,266) and Connecticut ($16,274).
New York City spends of the 100 largest school systems in the U.S. at $20,226, followed Boston City Schools ($19,720), Baltimore City Schools ($15,287), Anchorage School District in Alaska ($14,963), Montgomery County Schools in Maryland ($14,873) and Howard County Schools in Maryland ($14,747).
The states spending the least per pupil in 2012 were Utah ($6,206), Idaho ($6,659), Oklahoma ($7,466), Arizona ($7,559) and Mississippi ($8,164).
New York was among states that had the lowest percentage of their total school revenue coming from federal government: New Jersey (5.2 percent), Connecticut (5.2 percent), Maryland (6.3 percent), Massachusetts (6.3 percent) and New York (6.4 percent).