In New England in 2011, per-student expenditures for public school students ranged from $8,500 to $21,500. The highest-spending counties spent about two-and-a-half times what was spent in the lowest-spending counties. The 10 lowest-spending counties ($8,500 to $9,600) are all in Maine. The 10 highest-spending are in Massachusetts (3 counties), Rhode Island* (4), and New Hampshire (3), with Dukes, Nantucket, and Suffolk counties, all in Massachusetts, claiming the top three spots. Average per-pupil spending for the 2.1 million students in public school systems in New England was $13,218.
*Rhode Island data is for 2010. Nevertheless, all Rhode Island counties are in the top two high-spending quintiles in this analysis.
Source: Maine Department of Education, New Hampshire Department of Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Vermont Department of Education, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Connecticut Department of Education.
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