Arizona Education Spending Again Among Lowest in U.S.

Aug 18, 2015

The most recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau puts Arizona near the bottom of the list for K-through-12 public-education spending. That comes as most states are increasing the amount dedicated to schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

The Arizona Capitol Building

In 2013, U.S. states on average boosted school spending by nearly 1 percent. But that year was the third in a row for Arizona to cut its education budget.

The state’s per-pupil K-through-12 funding in 2013 was $7,208, while the national average came in at $10,700. That put Arizona third-lowest out of all U.S. states and the District of Columbia, with only Idaho and Utah spending less.

The Census Bureau also says in 2013 Arizona received the fifth-highest amount of federal money in the county for its schools. Nearly 15 percent of the state’s overall education budget came from Washington.

Topping the Census Bureau’s spending list were New York, Alaska the District of Columbia.