Vt. ranks fourth in student spending

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Vermont spent an average of $11,128 on each of its public school students, which is the fourth highest per pupil spending in the nation.

Only New Jersey, New York state and Washington, D.C., spent more in 2004, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

New Jersey spent $12,981 per pupil, New York spent $12,930 and the District of Columbia spent $12,801.

Vermont was not alone among its New England neighbors in having a high per-pupil spending level. Connecticut was fifth at $10,788; Massachusetts was sixth at $10,693, Rhode Island was 10th at $9,903, Maine was 11th at $9,534, and New Hampshire was 17th at $8,860, the Census Bureau said.

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