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Ill. spent less than U.S. average per pupil in '07
Associated Press
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Published: 7/28/2009 12:01 AM

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Public schools in Illinois spent $9,555 per pupil in 2007, slightly below the national average.

U.S. Census Bureau figures released Monday ranked Illinois 21st in the country in per-pupil spending. On average, each state spent $9,666 per pupil in 2007, the most recent year for which data are available.

Public schools in New York ranked first in the nation at $15,981 per pupil, while Utah ranked last at $5,683.

The Census report also breaks down public school revenues by source, including federal, state and local governments.

The percentage of public school system revenues from local governments was highest in Illinois at 58.9 percent and lowest in Hawaii at 1.6 percent.