Idaho ranked dead last nationwide in the amount of money the state allocates for educating each student from kindergarten through 12th grade, according to 2017 data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The state also ranked second to last in the amount of money it actually spends per pupil, beating out only Utah.
But many educators and legislators say those numbers aren’t necessarily indicative of the state of education in Idaho.
“When you contrast the numbers for Idaho versus the numbers for New York, it sounds almost unimaginable,” said Ron Bollinger, former superintendent of American Falls School District. “But on the other side, if you look at the results that we get from our teachers, we are