Louisiana middle of pack on per student public education spending

Louisiana spends $11,452 on public education per student, Governing reports, which is below the national average of $12,612 but above that of many of its Southern peers.

That’s according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which compiles data on education spending per pupil and elementary and secondary education revenues for each state in their Annual Survey of School System Finances. The most recent data, released on May 11, 2020, is from the 2018 fiscal year.

In total, Louisiana spent more than $8.4 billion on public education in 2018—$4.1 billion of which went toward instruction ($6,427 per student) and $2.8 billion of which went toward support ($4,402 per student).

Compared to other states and Washington, D.C., Louisiana ranks 30th in the U.S. in terms of its spending per student. The state spends more per student ($11,452) than Alabama ($9,696), Texas ($9,606) and Mississippi ($8,935), but less than most Northeastern states like Massachusetts ($17,058), Pennsylvania ($16,395) and Maine ($14,145).

Topping the list is New York, which spends $24,040 per student. Meanwhile, Utah spends the least per student at just $7,628. Check out the full chart.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Louisiana spent $8.4 billion on public education in 2018, not $8.4 million as previously reported. The figures for the state’s total instruction spending ($4.1 billion) and total support spending ($2.8 billion) have also been updated since original publication. Daily Report regrets these errors.