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Texas Ranked 41st on Per Student Spending

Nathan Bernier, KUT News
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Only nine states spent less on education spending per student than Texas in the 2009-2010 school year, according to newly released datafrom the U.S. Census Bureau. The numbers reflect spending levels before $5.4 billion in education spending cuts were enacted by the state legislature in 2011.

Texas spent $8,746 per student in 09-10. That compares with a national average of $10,615, an increase of more than one percent from the previous year.

The data includes spending at traditional public schools and money spent at publicly funded charter schools. Check out state rankings in the chart below. You can hold your mouse over a state's bar to see the level of spending.

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Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.
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