The Citizens Budget Commission today released a report on per-pupil spending across the state, showing how it varies by different region.
New York spends 83 percent above the national average, the business-backed group said. In 2010, New York spent $18,825 per pupil versus the U.S. average of $10,292.
“The wide variation in per-pupil spending across New York should be the topic of public discussion,” said Elizabeth Lynam, the group’s vice president. “In addition, New York is way out of line when it comes to paying fringe benefits, and this too should be addressed, given the continuing need to rein in state and local spending.”
The spending varied significantly across the state, and the group has a map that shows the differences.
Average spending per pupil ranged from $15,014 in the Mohawk Valley to $20,706 on Long Island and $20,276 in New York City. Montauk in Long Island spent $36,700 per pupil, while Elmsford in Westchester County spent $27,868 per pupil; Wappingers Falls in Dutchess County spent $14,210.
The report said that 72 percent of the money went to instruction versus support services. Statewide, districts spent 20 percent on fringe benefits, such as pensions and health-care costs, compared to the U.S. average of 13 percent.