The amount spent per pupil in public elementary and secondary school systems by state in the 2002-03 school year, according to the Census Bureau. The figures do not account for school construction costs or other capital needs.

State Spending ($)

Ala. 6,395

Alaska 9,919

Ariz. 5,672

Ark. 6,408

Calif. 7,691

Colo. 7,316

Conn. 10,372

Del. 9,669

D.C. 13,328

Fla. 6,450

Ga. 7,724

Hawaii 8,100

Idaho 6,034

Ill. 8,409

Ind. 7,948

Iowa 7,534

Kan. 7,292

Ky. 6,647

La. 6,868

Maine 8,847

Md. 8,921

Mass. 10,223

Mich. 8,588

Minn. 8,073

Miss. 5,816

Mo. 7,262

Mont. 7,449

Neb. 7,743

Nev. 6,084

N.H. 8,285

N.J. 12,202

N.M. 6,870

N.Y. 12,140

N.C. 6,635

N.D. 7,153

Ohio 8,555

Okla. 6,127

Ore. 7,460

Pa. 9,367

R.I. 9,315

S.C. 7,047

S.D. 6,532

Tenn. 6,201

Texas 7,076

Utah 4,860

Vt. 10,322

Va. 7,832

Wash. 7,101

W.Va. 8,218

Wis. 8,993

Wyo. 9,202

U.S. 8,019

Source: U.S. Census Bureau