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January 29, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Western states at the bottom in per-student spending

Mark Weber / Op Art

Mark Weber / Op Art

A new report by Education Week provides a look at the big growth in school spending since the 1970s.

Across the nation, nearly all states doubled or tripled the amount of money spent on public schools from 1970 to 2010, with even the lowest growth, in Utah, going from $3,344 per student to $6,237 in inflation-adjusted dollars.

But the growth has been uneven, the national newsmagazine reported.

Per-pupil spending has increased most in nine states and the District of Columbia, and seven of those states are in the northeastern United States. Seven of the 10 states where spending has grown the least are in the West, and Washington is one of them.

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