New York spent more on its public school students than any other state — an average of $18,126 — during 2009, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
New Jersey ranked No. 2 among all states, spending $16,271 per student. Nationally per pupil spending is $10,499.
New York's student performance wasn't as high. About a third of fourth and eighth graders were deemed proficient on national tests in 2009 - which was better than the national average, however.
New York City spent $19,000 per student, above the statewide average, because of a change in state aid brought about by a lawsuit. But education spending also included federal stimulus aid that year, which is now winding down, and school spending rose nationally that year. New York state has since cut school aid by $1.5 billion for the next fiscal year.
States with the lowest spending per pupil in 2009 were Utah ($6,356), Idaho ($7,092) and Arizona ($7,813), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If the District of Columbia was a state it would have come in No. 2 for highest spending at $16,408 per pupil.