Arizona ranks near the bottom when it comes to per-student education spending, according to a report released Monday from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The 2008 annual Survey of Local Government Finances looks at funding during the 2007-2008 school year.
Arizona is ranked 49th in the report with per-pupil spending of $7,608. Only Idaho ($6,931) and Utah ($5,765) rank lower. The report includes Washington D.C.
The national average was $10,259. No. 1 in per-pupil spending was New York, at $17,173.
The report breaks down the spending by sources. In Arizona, 10.8 percent of funding comes from federal sources, 48.5 percent comes from state sources and 40.7 comes from local sources.
Nationwide, about 8 percent of public education comes from federal sources, 44 percent comes from local sources and 48 percent comes from state sources, according to the U.S. Census report.