We’re #2! Utah is no longer the lowest in per-pupil spending – Idaho took our spot. Now we are the second-lowest.

May 19, 2021 (UtahPolicy.com)

As many people know, Utah has been last in the nation for decades in per pupil spending on education, trailing Arizona and Idaho.

No longer.

Utah Foundation staff had expected the state to pull ahead of Idaho at some point during the past four years. It has finally happened with the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau data released today.

The Utah Foundation prefers the measure of education spending effort – or the amount spent on education per $1,000 in Utahns’ personal income. Utah has dropped down to 41st in the nation on this metric, after being a top-10 state in the 1990s. Nonetheless, per-pupil operational spending is an interesting measure.

However, spending is only part of the equation. What is most important are outcomes…

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