Thursday, April 3, 2008

Education and $$$

Report: State spending per pupil
While U.S. schools spent an average $9,138 educating each student in 2006, Utah spent less than $5,500 per student while New York paid nearly $15,000, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau school survey. The report said state governments in 2006 contributed the lion's share of public school funding, followed closely by localities, with the federal government a distant third in terms of its fiscal contribution. Tulsa World (Okla.) (4/2) , Central Valley Business Times (4/1) , The Palm Beach Post (4/2)

Report: Children worse off in some U.S. states
Children born in the 10 lowest-ranking U.S. states are twice as likely to live in poverty, become teenage parents, be incarcerated, or die as children or teens, according to a new Every Child Matters report. "The state American children live in should not adversely affect life chances, but they do," said report author Michael R. Petit, founder of Every Child Matters. "How is it that a poor child in Vermont lives in a completely different world from a similarly impoverished child in Louisiana?" Forbes/HealthDay News (4/2)