California spent an average of $9,183 each on its six million K-12 public school students in 2012, about $1,500 below the national average and the 16th lowest level among the states, according to a new Census Bureau report.
The Census Bureau number, unlike many other state-to-state comparisons, includes funds from all sources. And it does not count substantial increases in California school spending since 2012 - nor changes in other states.
Gov. Jerry Brown's 2014-15 budget, if adopted, would spend $75.9 billion on K-12 schools from all sources, including $45.1 billion from the state general fund, and that would amount to more than $12,500 per pupil.
The national number in 2012 was $10,608 and the states ranged from a high of $19,552 in New York to a low of $6,659 in Idaho.
PHOTO: At right, Maiya Miller, 8, hugs Principal Shana Henry on the first day of school at Pacific Elementary school in Sacramento on September 3, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Renee C. Byer