On average, it costs $10,615 to send a kid to public school for a year. That’s federal, state and local government spending combined according to the Census Bureau which released the reports today.
However, that one number masks a huge variation. Utah spends just over $6,000 per student; New York and the District of Columbia over $18,000.
Those reports show that average spending in Alaska is approximately $15,800 per student.
There are roughly 131,000 students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools in Alaska.
Alaska is fourth in terms of states that spend the most per student. The District of Columbia is the most expensive at approximately$18,700 per student. New York and New Jersey are second and third.
Detailed figures and lots more data (including district-level spending) are available in a report the Census Bureau released today.
- So far, the Juneau School District has enrolled about 230 more students than it expected. If the higher enrollment remains true in October, the district could get enough additional state funding to cover a near $200,000 deficit.
- Juneau-based nonprofit, Southeast Alaska Land Trust, was denied its property tax exemption earlier this year. Now the Assembly will take another look.
- "A lot of ice experts, including myself, thought we were headed for a record year minimum," said Hajo Eicken, a professor at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.