Planet Money
4:16 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

How Much Does The Government Spend To Send A Kid To Public School?

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 10:11 am

On average, it costs $10,615 to send a kid to public school for a year. (That's federal, state and local government spending combined.)

As the map above shows, that one number masks a huge variation. Utah spends just over $6,000 per student; New York and the District of Columbia over $18,000.

There's even more variation when you get to the district level. Detailed figures and lots more data (including district-level spending) are available in a report the Census Bureau released today.

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