The Census Bureau has released some new data, and the website 24/7.com reached into the dataset and pulled out an education comparison. Looking at overall, all-source spending per child in public schools, by state, Nevada was ranked 43rd. Here’s the study, and here’s what they said about Nevada (it’s on the fourth screen if you follow the link):
> Spending per pupil: $8,222
> Total education spending: $4.1 billion (16th lowest)
> Pct. with high school diploma: 84.9% (10th lowest)
> Median household income: $49,760 (24th lowest)
Nevada spent $8,222 per student, with much of this going to support services, including logistical and administrative expenses. The state spent just $4,782 on instructional spending per pupil in fiscal year 2012, lower than all but a handful of states. Nevada’s elementary and secondary school systems received less than $10,000 per pupil in total federal, state, and local revenue in fiscal year 2012, much less than $12,331 nationwide average. Just 34% of fourth graders were proficient in math last year, much less than the 41% of U.S. fourth graders. While nearly 30% of U.S. residents had attained at least a bachelor’s degree as of 2012, just 22.4% of Nevada residents had, less than all but six other states.