Is Utah still last in the nation in per-pupil spending?
Census data released on May 21 show that Utah is still last at $7,179.
Nonetheless, spending has been on the increase in Utah and nationally. In fact, U.S. per-pupil spending has increased for five straight years. It now stands at $12,201 per student.
That puts Utah at 59% of the national average.
But how are Utah students performing? Future Utah Foundation research will look at educational outcomes.
• U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 Public Elementary-Secondary Education Finance Data, table 11 row L, https://census.gov/data/tables/2017/econ/school-finances/secondary-education-finance.html
• U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. School Spending Per Pupil Increased for Fifth Consecutive Year, U.S. Census Bureau Reports, press release, May 21, 2019, https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2019/school-spending.html?utm_campaign=20190521msacos1ccstors&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery