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Idaho ranks low in school spending

Idaho long has ranked low compared to other states in per-pupil education spending. The latest U.S. Census report shines additional light on that: Idaho ranks 50th (out of 51 states plus the District of Columbia) in per-pupil spending (Utah is last), and when state spending on schools is compared to personal income in the state, Idaho still ranks low at 41st (while Utah rises to 25th). The census report, which gathered data from all public elementary and secondary school systems in the nation, is based on 2008 data, so it's from long before this year's legislative decision to slash $128 million from Idaho's school budget. Here's a link to the full report, and here's one to just the rankings, both in text and chart form.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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