Only nine states spent less on education spending per student than Texas in the 2009-2010 school year, according to newly released data from 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.