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Colorado at 40th in K-12 funds per student

Burt Hubbard
The Denver Post

Colorado ranks among the stingiest states in the nation in how much it spends to educate its children, according to a government report released Monday.

The report by the U.S. Census Bureau found the state ranked 40th in spending per pupil in 2007.

Colorado fared even worse in how much of its personal income goes toward public education. It spent the second-lowest amount per $1,000 of income, ahead of only Florida.

“I think this study kind of confirms, to be perfectly honest, what we’ve known: that the underlying tax structure that supports Colorado public schools has, in some cases, not been working well,” said Dwight Jones, the state’s commissioner of education.

The Census Bureau found that Colorado spent $8,167 per pupil, 11th from the bottom nationally, during the 2006-07 school year. That is below the national average of $9,666 and almost half the amount spent by New York, the top state.

The Census Bureau also looked at how much each state spent as a percentage of personal income. In Colorado, $34.35 of every $1,000 in personal income went to kindergarten through 12th grade education. Only Florida was lower at $33.83 , the report said.

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