Total spending by public school districts in a county, divided by total pupils.
High spending for schools can mean better facilities, programs and a greater range of opportunities are available to students. It may also signal public support for education and a more experienced teaching workforce. However, studies have found higher spending does not necessarily lead to higher student achievement, given the many factors that contribute to student success, including parental and community influences.
In 2015, public school districts in our region spent over $20,700 per student, about $1,800 less than the state spent per pupil - a difference that has grown from just $880 in 2000 (adjusted for inflation). From 2000 to 2015, with spending adjusted for inflation, spending per pupil has risen 45% in the region and 48% in the state. In 2015, Ontario and Wyoming were the only counties in the region that spent less than $20,000 per student.
Within Monroe, the Rochester School District spent about $21,800 per pupil, a 35% increase from 2000. Spending from 2000 to 2015 rose 92% in Seneca, 85% in Orleans and 71% in Yates - the largest increases in the region.
Figures have been adjusted to 2015 dollars. Comparisons can be misleading as certain categories of students-English Language Learners, children with special needs-require specialized resources that can be more expensive than general education students.