While the United States as a whole spends an average of $11,000 per student each year, the actual number of dollars allocated to educate each student varies dramatically — state to state and city to city.
However, spending within states is not uniform and varies dramatically by school district. For example, in New York, where the typical school district’s per pupil allotments are at least 25% higher than the national average, there are some school districts whose revenues and expenses are below average. For example, the Indian River Central School District’s cost-adjusted per pupil allotment is 8% below the national mean, according to a detailed analysis by EdBuild.
Public Education Finances 2014 (US Census Bureau): Figure 4, Table 8, Table 5
NCES, Table 236.15: Current expenditures and current expenditures per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools: 1989-90 through 2025-26