New York’s public schools spent $21,206 per-pupil during the 2014-15 school year, topping all states and exceeding the national average by 86 percent, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Wednesday.
Excluding charter schools, the fiscally conservative Empire Center reports, New York’s public elementary and secondary schools had 2.6 million pupils and spent more than $64.8 billion — exceeded only by California.
For the 400,000 private and charter school children, about a third of which attend yeshivos, the state spends approximately $270 million. This is primarily through reimbursements for costs associated with state-mandated activities.
Public school spending in New York was driven primarily by teachers’ salaries and benefits — which, at $14,769 per pupil, were 114 percent above the national average of $6,903.
In the category of “support services,” such as cleaning, cooking and administration, New York ranked seventh with spending of $5,972 per pupil. That was 49 percent above the national average.