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The states that spend the most and least on education

GOBankingRates Logo By Grace Lin of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 24: All states play a huge role in determining the quality of education that students receive. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 92 percent of funding at the elementary and secondary school levels comes from nonfederal sources. So, parents who are highly invested in their children’s schooling should consider how much emphasis their state places on public education. To determine which states spend the least and most on education, GOBankingRates analyzed the per-student spending by state, the expenditures of public elementary and secondary school systems across America and the total population in every state, based on U.S. Census Bureau data. Overall, states spend an average of $11,950.49 on each student and approximately $11.7 billion on education. However, the study found that schooling costs can fluctuate significantly across the U.S., and certain regions value education more highly than others. Click through to see which states put education first — and which states spend the least on students.

The states that spend the most and least on education

All states play a huge role in determining the quality of education that students receive. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 92 percent of funding at the elementary and secondary school levels comes from nonfederal sources. So, parents who are highly invested in their children’s schooling should consider how much emphasis their state places on public education.

To determine which states spend the least and most on education, GOBankingRates analyzed the per-student spending by state, the expenditures of public elementary and secondary school systems across America and the total population in every state, based on U.S. Census Bureau data. Overall, states spend an average of $11,950.49 on each student and approximately $11.7 billion on education. However, the study found that schooling costs can fluctuate significantly across the U.S., and certain regions value education more highly than others.

Click or swipe through to see which states put education first — and which states spend the least on students.

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