How much does it cost to educate a child in Montgomery County Public Schools for one year? According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau: $15,421.
The bureau released figures for school spending in fiscal 2011, the last time the audit was conducted, and included per-pupil spending for each of the largest school districts.
The top five big spenders were New York City ($19,770), Baltimore ($15,483), Montgomery ($15,421), Milwaukee ($14,244) and Prince George's ($13,775).
Statewide, Maryland public schools are an $11.8 billion operation with the majority of the funds going to salary and benefits for employees. Average per-pupil spending in 2011 was $13,871 for the state.
Nationally, dollars per child were down to $10,560 per pupil in 2011 from $10,615 in 2010, Atlantic Cities reports. (Find an interactive map of spending per state on the Atlantic Cities website.)
Montgomery County Council members approved a $2.2 billion schools budget for fiscal 2014. The school district serves about 149,000 students in 202 schools.