Facts and Figures: States That Spend Less Than $5,000 on Instruction for Each Rural Student


Last Updated: November 26, 2012
 

This article appeared in the November 2012 Rural Policy Matters.

Question: Which 13 states spend less than $5,000 on instruction per rural student?

Answer: At just $4,169, Idaho spends less per rural student on instruction than any other state. Other states that spend less than $5,000 on instruction of rural students are Arizona ($4,249), Utah ($4,471), Oklahoma ($4,483), Tennessee ($4,518), Mississippi ($4,578), Indiana ($4,808), Colorado ($4,820), Illinois ($4,910), Arkansas ($4,915), Florida ($4,962), Ohio ($4,974), and Missouri ($4,996). The national average for rural instructional expenditures is $5,657.

(Why Rural Matters, 2011–12. Data source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data, Public School Universe, 2008–09.)

Read more from the November 2012 Rural Policy Matters.