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Census: Montgomery County Third in Per-Pupil Spending

Among the largest school districts in the country, only New York City and Baltimore City spend more per child, the Census Bureau reports.

How much does it cost to educate a child in Montgomery County Public Schools for one year? According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau: $15,421. 

The bureau released figures for school spending in fiscal 2011, the last time the audit was conducted, and included per-pupil spending for each of the largest school districts. 

The top five big spenders were New York City ($19,770), Baltimore ($15,483), Montgomery County ($15,421), Milwaukee ($14,244) and Prince George's County ($13,775).

Statewide, Maryland public schools are an $11.8 billion operation with the majority of the funds going to salary and benefits for employees. Average per-pupil spending in 2011 was $13,871 for the state.  

Nationally, dollars per child were down to $10,560 per pupil in 2011 from $10,615 in 2010, Atlantic Cities reports. (Find an interactive map of spending per state on their website.)

Montgomery County Council members approved a $2.2 billion schools budget for fiscal 2014. The school district serves about 149,000 students in 202 schools. 

K Duffy May 26, 2013 at 01:17 PM
I would love to know the % that goes to salary and benefits as opposed to teaching materials, classroom technology, and fixed assets such as buildings. And this amount does not include the thousands of dollars donated to the school through loyalty programs (Giant/Target/etc.) or the PTA much less the programs paid for directly by the PTA. I can tell you it is not text books as my child is using the same text book our neighbor used 8 years ago! (My child was amazed to see the neighbor's name in the front and he was #2.)
Sick of Bethesda's BS June 30, 2013 at 09:33 AM
Where are these books? There are no textbooks in the lower grades, at least k-3 have no textbooks or consumables (workbooks) to speak of. Where is this money really going? And since MCPS has some partnership with Pearson Education, why doesn't MCPS cut a deal with them for obtaining textbooks since they are working together to lay out the new national curriculum? Just a few questions...

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