Projected Capital Region school district per-pupil spending

chalk on chalk board ledgeThe Empire Center released a rundown of projected school budgets across the state for 2010-2011, along with project per-pupil spending.* The think tank reports that the Capital Region has lowest projected increase in per-pupil spending at 1.1 percent.

We pulled out the numbers for the Capital Region (the data are embedded after the jump). The tiny Menands school district (enrollment 230) topped the list of highest per-pupil spending at $32,956.00. The Mohonasen school district (Rotterdam) was the lowest at $13,993.00.

Ballston Spa had the highest per-pupil spending increase at 6.4 percent. The Brunswick school district had the biggest decrease at -7.7 percent (followed by Albany at -3.7 percent).

Earlier on AOA:
+ Capital Region high school graduation rates 2009
+ Capital Region school spending

Scroll up for the data.

*(Of course, these numbers are contingent on the budgets being approved by voters and the projected enrollment totals.)

All numbers from the Empire Center report.


It's amazing to me that even crappy public schools often cost more than tuition at a top-tier private school, and nearly always more than a catholic school.

This type of analysis is entirely misleading. For instance, a school district with a high enrollment of special education students would have higher costs simply because it is expensive to support those programs. Each district has a different composition of students and their needs, and it must be noted before undergoing any rigorous analysis.

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