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      Education spending: Idaho at bottom, Wash. below average

      SPOKANE, Wash. - A report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Idaho remains at the bottom of public education spending and Washington state is below the national average.

      The Spokesman-Review reports that Idaho spent about $6,800 per student for the 2010-2011 school year. Only Utah spent less, at roughly $6,200 per student.

      It's the third straight year that Idaho has ranked second-to-last on the list.

      Neighboring Washington state ranked 30th, spending nearly $9,500 per student. But that was still below the national average of $10,560.

      The national average dropped slightly from the previous year, marking the first time the per-student spending average has decreased since the Census Bureau began collecting data in 1977.

      Property taxes were a major source of public school funding nationwide, accounting for more than 65 percent of revenue from local sources.
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