Florida spent $8,887 on each public school student in 2011, making it one of the lowest states in the nation for per-pupil spending.
The totals from the U.S. Census Bureau – including federal revenue – were compiled before Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature cut about $1.3 billion from education funding.
Since then, the state has put about $2 billion back into education, so Florida students may be faring a little better these days.
For example, Florida’s share of per-student spending is going up by more than $400 in the budget year starting in July.
The numbers from the Public Education Finances: 2011 report are from data collected through the end of June 2011.
Florida ranked number 42 in student spending. The national average at that time was $10,560 per student.
The report includes details about spending on instruction, student transportation, salaries and employee benefits.