Idaho Near Bottom of List in Education Spending

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Idaho ranks second-worst in the nation for the amount of money it spends per pupil, the U.S. Census Bureau said.

Information from the 2009-2010 school year shows the state ranked only ahead of Utah. It's the second consecutive year the state ranked second worst.

"Funding is a factor in education but it's not the most important factor," Idaho State Department of Education spokeswoman Melissa McGrath told The Spokesman-Review ( "And it is not the factor that determines the quality of an education system."

The U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress said Idaho eighth-graders scored above average in reading, math and science in 2011.

"In Idaho, our state spends less per student compared to most other states, but our students continually outperform students across the United States in reading, math and in science," McGrath said. "It's clear that Idaho is doing well spending its resources effectively and efficiently to benefit Idaho students."

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