Public education by the numbers

A Census Bureau report has a little bit for everybody in the school funding debate.

Overall, Minnesota is decidedly middle-of-the-pack among states when it comes to per-pupil public education spending, according to the report released today by the Census Bureau.

The state finished 22nd, spending $9,539 per student in 2007, slightly below the national average of $9,666.

The state was 49th in the amount of per-pupil education expenditures that come from the federal government ($670). But the state’s commitment to public education is actually much higher. The state ranks seventh in the country in the amount that comes from the state ($7,679).

$4,329.20 of the state’s spending goes for salaries (15th), $400 goes toward general school administration expenses (46th).

Here’s the spreadsheet data.

  • kennedy

    Why the short shrift from the federal government for Minnesota?

  • Given Gov. Pawlenty’s approach to budget bills, plus our low rank in Federal and local funding of education, it appears Minnesota may rank at the top for education spending determined by one person.

  • CommonSenseRambler

    How about a little graph that shows the correlation of public dollars spent on education to output. This inverse relationship undeniably concludes public education is a fraud and failure.

    Got any NEW ideas?

  • Bob Collins

    //This inverse relationship undeniably concludes public education is a fraud and failure.

    By “output,” you mean what, exactly?