The following data supplement a recent editorial that addressed Utah's inadequate education ("Slippery slope: Nothing to stop slide of education," Our View, March 15).
According to the most recent census, Utah's $6,064 education expenditure per student is the lowest, just 57 percent of the U.S. average. Thirty-nine states spend at least 50 percent more than Utah.
Idaho, with the second-lowest per-pupil expenditure, spends 11.7 percent more than Utah. The census also reported that from 2009 to 2010, overall U.S. education funding increased 1.1 percent; Utah's decreased 4.6 percent, a change that exceeded 48 states.