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April 3, 2006

New Yorkers' school spending is far above average, Census Bureau finds

New Yorkers' spending on public schools is second-highest in the country, according to new statistics published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

As of 2003-04, New York schools spent an average of $12,930 per pupil. That was 56 percent above the national average of $8,287, and virtually tied with New Jersey, which spent $12,981.

Per pupil spending in New York increased 7 percent between the 2002-03 school year and the 2003-04 school year. The national average was 3 percent.

The data also show that, despite criticism that the state does not contribute enough funding to schools, New York’s schools received $6,269 per pupil in revenue from state sources in 2003-04. That amount was 6th highest in the nation and 38 percent above the national average.

New York’s schools received 66 percent more revenue from local sources than the national average. Per-pupil revenue from local sources was $7,039, 66 percent above the national average, and the third highest in the country.

New York's spending on instructional salaries and benefits is far higher, on a per-pupil basis, than that in any other state -- 17 percent higher than second-place New Jersey, and 75 percent above the national average. If New York's average spending on instructional salaries and benefits were only as high as New Jersey's, taxpayers would save more than $3.7 billion.

The Census Bureau report is available at www.census.gov/govs/www/school04.html.

The table below shows per-pupil figures for current spending (not including capital expenditures), and the two major sources of school districts' revenues.

Per Pupil spending and revenue, 2003-04
Rank
State
Total per-pupil spending
State revenue rank
Per-pupil school revenue from state sources
Local revenue rank
Per-pupil revenue from local sources
1
NJ
$12,981
4
$6,418
1
$8,058
2
NY
$12,930
6
$6,269
3
$7,039
3
VT
$11,128
1
$8,448
35
$2,970
4
CT
$10,788
24
$4,514
2
$7,645
5
MA
$10,693
16
$4,911
4
$6,611
6
DE
$10,228
2
$7,417
30
$3,240
7
AK
$10,114
8
$6,082
36
$2,851
8
PA
$9,979
28
$4,082
5
$6,380
9
RI
$9,903
21
$4,712
6
$6,089
10
ME
$9,534
26
$4,332
10
$5,354
11
WY
$9,363
9
$5,834
18
$4,250
12
WI
$9,226
11
$5,410
17
$4,324
13
MD
$9,212
32
$3,954
7
$5,866
14
MI
$9,072
5
$6,341
33
$3,069
15
OH
$8,963
23
$4,531
11
$5,080
16
NH
$8,860
20
$4,762
12
$5,048
17
IL
$8,656
42
$3,485
8
$5,499
18
HI
$8,533
NA
NA
19
WV
$8,475
10
$5,514
38
$2,639
20
MN
$8,359
3
$7,272
44
$2,303
21
IN
$8,280
15
$5,016
14
$4,457
22
VA
$8,225
41
$3,561
13
$5,004
23
NE
$8,032
47
$3,069
9
$5,456
24
MT
$7,763
36
$3,785
28
$3,446
25
CA
$7,748
14
$5,080
31
$3,183
26
GA
$7,733
27
$4,160
16
$4,333
27
ND
$7,727
45
$3,307
21
$4,049
28
IA
$7,631
30
$4,059
23
$4,000
29
OR
$7,619
17
$4,855
27
$3,517
30
KS
$7,518
19
$4,791
24
$3,805
31
CO
$7,412
39
$3,747
19
$4,246
32
NM
$7,331
7
$6,158
48
$1,157
33
MO
$7,331
37
$3,777
20
$4,089
34
WA
$7,243
13
$5,306
41
$2,548
35
LA
$7,209
35
$3,799
34
$3,028
36
SC
$7,184
33
$3,936
26
$3,728
37
TX
$7,104
46
$3,094
15
$4,438
38
SD
$6,949
49
$2,742
22
$4,032
39
KY
$6,888
25
$4,471
43
$2,347
40
FL
$6,784
40
$3,700
25
$3,799
41
AR
$6,740
12
$5,360
49
$1,145
42
NC
$6,702
22
$4,573
40
$2,566
43
AL
$6,553
29
$4,068
42
$2,405
44
TN
$6,504
48
$3,010
32
$3,164
45
NV
$6,399
18
$4,802
39
$2,576
46
MS
$6,237
34
$3,873
46
$2,138
47
OK
$6,176
38
$3,772
37
$2,664
48
AZ
$6,036
43
$3,411
29
$3,293
49
ID
$6,028
31
$3,999
45
$2,172
50
UT
$5,008
44
$3,395
47
$2,133
United States
$8,287
$4,553
$4,244
NYS =/+ average
56%
38%
66%
Source: The Census Bureau