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Utah Ranks Last in Per-Pupil Spending

Utah Ranks Last in Per-Pupil Spending

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(KSL News) Utah is ranked last in the nation in per-student spending, and more education money isn't likely to help.

A report released by the U.S Census Bureau shows Utah spent just over $5,200 per student in 2005. That's nearly $1,000 less than Arizona, which ranks second-to-last.

The Legislature increased public education funding by $216.6 million this year, but that isn't likely to pull us out of last place.

Some of that money will pay for teacher raises and will not be counted toward per-pupil spending.

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