- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - According to a new report, Utah public school students get the least amount of government education funding in the country.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1JrZpOv ) that a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Utah spent only $6,555 per student in 2013, less than one-third of the highest-ranked state, New York, at $19,818. The average spending was $10,700.

Utah had a 5.6 percent gain in per-pupil funding between 2012 and 2013.

Utah State Office of Education spokesman Mark Peterson said the national rankings can mask efforts being made to increase school spending.

Last week, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brad Smith said in a speech that there was “no virtue” in rising higher in the per-student spending rankings and instead encouraged Utah residents to focus on student achievement data.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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