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Biggest Spenders for K12 Education

Investing in schools

Different states have different methods and standards for schooling. It should come as no surprise that the amount they spend on schools can vary quite a lot. These are the states with the highest per-student expenditure. The figures given are from 2015, the last year for which we have comprehensive figures.

RankStateAnnual spending
per student
1.New York$19,818
2.Alaska$18,175
3.District of Columbia$17,953
4.New Jersey$17,572
5.Connecticut$16,631
6.Vermont$16,377
7.Wyoming$15,700
8.Massachusetts$14,515
9.Rhode Island$14,415
10.Pennsylvania$13,864
Source: Census Bureau, 2015.
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