Idaho's per-student spending ranked second to last for a third straight year, according to figures released May 20 by the U.S. Census Bureau, outspending only the neighboring state of Utah in the 2010-2011 school year.
Figures show Idaho spent $6,824 per student during the 2010-2011 academic year, well below the national average of $10,560 per student, and below neighboring state Washington's $9,483 per student.
Spending per student is "an important factor, but it's not the only factor," Idaho State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna told The Spokesman-Review. Luna claimed Idaho's low ranking is influenced by demographics.
From the Spokesman-Review:
“There’s a reason that Idaho and Utah constantly end up at the bottom end … and it’s because we have large families,” Luna said, adding that he has six children. “We have fewer taxpayers per student in Idaho than we have in many other states.”
Read the SR's full report here.