New York school spending is, on average, well above the national norm – $18,825 per student per year compared to $10,292 nationally. But the statewide average masks wide variation among districts. With education budgets under continuing pressure, it is instructive to compare the spending patterns of districts to identify policy changes which might allocate more resources to the classroom.
To learn more about this map please read the blogpost on this subject, How Spending per Pupil in New York State Varies Among Districts.
- Instructional Cost per Student: Includes instructional salaries, instructional employee benefits, and other miscellaneous instructional expenditures.
- Support Services Costs per Student: Includes operating expenditures for student support and transportation, salaries and benefits of support service staff, central and school administration, operation and maintenance costs, instructional staff support, and other miscellaneous support services.
- Education spending data are for school year 2009-10.
- Per pupil figures include costs associated with providing special education and transportation services for private school students but these students are not included in public school enrollment.
- The share of total per pupil spending that each category comprises is presented next to the per pupil dollar amount in the window that displays for each district.
- The map does not contain data for the nonoperational districts of Raquette Lake Union Free or Binghamton Common.