Arizona spending per student ranks 48th with 47 other states spending more per pupil. The annual publication from the U.S. Census Bureau, Public Education Finances: 2014, that was released this month reported that Arizona spent $8786 per pupil in FY2014. Arizona ranked 48th with only Utah at 49th and Idaho at 50th spending less per pupil.
The national average was $12,774 per student with Arizona spending $3988 or 45.4 % less than the national average. With almost 1,100,000 students in Arizona public school spending would have to increase by over $4,000,000,000 to move us to the national average.