New York State Ranks Highest in Nation in Per Pupil Spending
- For the 2012-13 school year,* New York State was the highest among the states in per pupil expenditures for public elementary and secondary education at $19,818, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This amount is:
- an increase of 1.4 percent from the previous year; and
- 85.2 percent higher than the national average of $10,700 per pupil.
- Over the five years prior to 2012-13, annual per pupil spending has increased an average of 2.3 percent in New York State, compared to 0.5 percent for the nation.
Local Governments Represent the Largest Source of Funding
- In 2013-14, support for public elementary and secondary schools came from the following sources:
- State, $24.9 billion, including the School Tax Relief Program (STAR) of $3.3 billion;
- local, $35.2 billion; and
- federal, $2.5 billion.
- In school budgets proposed for the 2015-16 school year, property tax levy increases averaged 1.6 percent, which is lower than the:
- 1.9 percent average increase last year; and
- 2.8 percent average annual increase from 2011 to 2015.
*Most recent available year.