School spending on the rise, Census shows
from U.S. News & World Report
Every state in the nation and the District of Columbia spent more money per student on public elementary and secondary education during the 2017 fiscal year, continuing a trend of increased investment after recession-driven budget cuts at the federal, state and local level at the start of this decade. New tables released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau show an average spending increase of 3.7% to $12,201 per pupil, compared to $11,763 per pupil in 2016. Fueling that spending is a rise in funding. In 2017, public elementary and secondary education revenue from all sources tallied up at $694.1 billion, up 3.4% from $671.2 billion in 2016.
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