ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Census Bureau has released “Public Education Finances: 2008,” and it shows Mississippi is still near the bottom in per pupil spending and near the top in federal funding for education in the U.S.
In 2007-2008, Mississippi spent $7,901 per elementary-secondary pupil, sixth lowest in the country. The states with lower per-pupil spending were Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arizona, Idaho and Utah.
In 2008, public school systems nationwide spent an average of $10,259 per pupil, a 6.1 percent increase over 2007.
U.S. public school systems received $582.1 billion in total funding in 2008, up 4.5 percent from 2007. Federal sources made up 8.1 percent of that total across the nation.
Mississippi received approximately $4.44 billion. Roughly $708.25 million came from the federal government. Representing 16 percent of total funding, only Louisiana’s 16.8 percent was higher.
For the complete report, visit www.census.gov/govs/school/.