New yardstick, similar results: Idaho’s school spending lags

The U.S. Census Bureau released new numbers on per-pupil spending Tuesday — but the bureau also released another set of statistics to measure school spending.

Here again, Idaho ranks near the bottom nationally,

In this case, the Census Bureau looked at how much states spend on schools, as a function of their relative wealth. School spending is expressed per every $1,000 of personal income.

In 2017, Idaho spent $30.69 per $1,000 of income.

That ranks No. 46 nationally, and lags behind each of Idaho’s neighbors.

Nationally, Americans spent $37.46 per $1,000 of income on education.

Kevin Richert

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Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on KIVI 6 On Your Side; "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television; and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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