The Education Exchange: School Spending Soars, Driven by Costs of Benefits for Teachers

New York now lays out nearly $31,000 a student

Photo of Aaron Garth SmithThe director of education reform at Reason Foundation, Aaron Garth Smith, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Smith’s latest analysis, which shows per-pupil spending increased in 49 out of 50 states during the 2020 fiscal year, while student enrollment declined in 22 states plus the District of Columbia.

Smith’s report, “K-12 Education Spending Spotlight: An in-depth look at school finance data and trends,” co-written with Jordan Campbell, is available now at

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