i thought education

Erie, PA

#1 May 28, 2013
spending was always being lowered??????? You liberals need to read below article. About time this has been addressed. I know it is for the children, as liberals appeal to us. But it is public education, meaning the public finances it, us, the taxpayers.

Education Spending Down for First Time Since 1977

The effect of economic malaise finally shows up in per-pupil spending stats

11 min ago by Dain Fitzgerald

Staff Writer
For the first time since 1977, it appears education spending across the US has actually fallen.
CNBC reports on the average level of education spending among the fifty states and Washington DC having gone down for the first time in decades, as the effect of sour economic conditions took their toll. For 2011, the most recent year looked at, the nation spent $10,560 per student. And while that marks a less than 1% dip over 2010 (though not adjusted for inflation), it's the "first drop in per-pupil spending since the Census Bureau began collecting annual data in 1977."
"Many experts expect funding levels per student will stabilize and perhaps even start rising in the next few years," reads the report, "as improving economic conditions and a better housing market translate into higher tax revenues."
CNBC notes that spending for education by state varies widely, though a blue state, red state divide can be seen:
"Washington, D.C. and states including New York and Wyoming spent more than $15,000 per pupil in 2011, while Utah, Oklahoma and Mississippi spent less than $8,000 per student that year."

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