Wyoming Among Top Spenders Per Pupil

Wyoming Among Top Spenders Per Pupil

U.S. Census Bureau figures show that Wyoming remained sixth in the nation in the amount of money it spends on public education.

Wyoming increased its per pupil spending by 4 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to $15,169 per pupil. That's up from $14,573 in the 2008-09 school year.

The per-student spending in Wyoming grew at a rate nearly four times faster than the nation as a whole.

Nationally, public school systems spent an average of $10,615 on each student. The District of Columbia spent $18,667 to lead the country, followed by New York, New Jersey, Alaska and Vermont.

State Rep. Steve Harshman, of Casper, told the Casper Star-Tribune that Wyoming's per-pupil spending is reflected in the state's rising student test scores.

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