States that spend the least on students are growing the fastest

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New projections on student enrollment from the federal government hint at the financial pressure many states will face as their student populations rise considerably in the next decade.

The data, released last week by the National Center on Education Statistics, forecast that the nation’s number of public school students from prekindergarten through high school will grow by 7 percent between 2011 and 2022. Leading the charge are states in the Western and Southern parts of the United States.

The school populations of Nevada and Arizona are expected to swell by more than 20 percent. Utah is set to grow by 19 percent, and Texas by more than 15 percent. Florida, the researchers write, can look forward to 14 percent growth.

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