MSMA: Maine lower than all of New England on per-pupil spending
Maine School Management Association
Maine lower than all of New England on per-pupil spending
Maine ranks 15th in the nation in terms of per-pupil spending and spent less per student than any other New England state, according to a Census report released late last month.
The numbers show Maine spent $11,572 per pupil compared to Vermont at $14,300; Connecticut at $13,848; Rhode Island at $13,539; Massachusetts at $13,454; and, New Hampshire at $11,619.
The national average is $10,259. New York spent the most nationwide at $17,173 and Utah spent the least at $5,765. The data used is from the 2007-2008 school year, the most recent available for national comparisons.
The U.S. Census Bureau in its Public Education Finances report also tracks where K-12 public school systems get their money. Maine got 7.7 percent from the federal government; 44.5 percent from the state; and, 47.8 percent from local sources, largely property taxes, for school year 2007-2008.
The national average is 8 percent from the federal government; 48.3 percent from the state; and 43.7 percent from local sources.
To see the full report go to: http://www.census.gov/govs/school/