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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Per-pupil spending: How does Maryland rank?

Maryland schools have been ranked first in the nation by Education Week for the past three years — in part because of the state’s strong education finance laws.

The 2002 Bridge to Excellence law called for an increase of more than $1 billion in state funding for education over several years, directing more money to areas with more poverty or greater needs. And the “maintenance of effort” law expects local governments to provide a steady amount of funding to public schools, in exchange for increasing state aid.

That law has been a key source of contention in Montgomery County and around the state in recent years as the downturn has sapped local budgets.

Such laws — and budget woes — are not entirely unique. I was curious how Maryland fares nationally in per-student spending.

According to a 2010 analysis by the National Education Association, which compiles data from each state, Maryland ranked ninth in per-student spending ($14,244) in the 2009-10 school year. That was just ahead of the District of Columbia ($13,519) and 10 spots above Virginia ($11,290). The national average was $10,586.

New Jersey pays the most per student ($16,967) and Arizona pays the least ($6,170.) That’s a huge spread!

Look for the state-by-state list after the jump.

Per-student expenditures in fall of the 2009-2010 school year

1. NEW JERSEY 16,967 *

2. NEW YORK 16,922 *

3. VERMONT 16,308 *

4. RHODE ISLAND 15,384 *

5. WYOMING 15,345

6. MASSACHUSETTS 14,766

7. CONNECTICUT 14,472 *

8. MAINE 14,247 *

9. MARYLAND 14,244 *

10. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 13,519 *

11. DELAWARE 13,496 *

12. NEW HAMPSHIRE 12,979 *

13. PENNSYLVANIA 12,728 *

14. MICHIGAN 11,595 *

15. HAWAII 11,521

16. ILLINOIS 11,457 *

17. MINNESOTA 11,447 *

18. WISCONSIN 11,429 *

19. VIRGINIA 11,290 *

20. ARKANSAS 11,171 *

21. WEST VIRGINIA 11,043 *

22. ALASKA 11,000 *

23. NEW MEXICO 10,812 *

24. LOUISIANA 10,750

25. GEORGIA 10,594 *

UNITED STATES 10,586 *

26. OREGON 10,476

27. INDIANA 10,120

28. WASHINGTON 9,900

29. NEBRASKA 9,760

30. COLORADO 9,631

31. MONTANA 9,613 *

32. KENTUCKY 9,603

33. SOUTH CAROLINA 9,531

34. OHIO 9,528 *

35. IOWA 9,455

36. KANSAS 9,264

37. TEXAS 9,227

38. MISSOURI 9,076 *

39. SOUTH DAKOTA 9,021 *

40. ALABAMA 9,001

41. FLORIDA 8,963

42. CALIFORNIA 8,846 *

43. NORTH DAKOTA 8,541

44. NORTH CAROLINA 8,529

45. TENNESSEE 8,199 *

46. OKLAHOMA 7,968 *

47. IDAHO 7,875 *

48. NEVADA 7,813 *

49. MISSISSIPPI 7,752 *

50. UTAH 6,859 *

51. ARIZONA 6,170 *

MEDIAN 10,476

RANGE 10,797

* Indicates an estimate

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