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Census: Montgomery County Third in Per-Pupil Spending

Among the largest school districts in the country, only New York City and Baltimore City spend more per child, the Census Bureau reports.

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. 

TaL May 27, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Yet somehow, results continue to decline in MoCo relative to Fairfax, Loundon, Arlington and Alexandra.....perhaps the report should look at the impact of unionized employee protections on educational quality


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