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Oklahoman Modified: June 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm •  Published: June 22, 2012

Education spending

653,592: number of students in Oklahoma public schools.

$7,896: amount spent per student in Oklahoma, about 26 percent less than the national average.

$43,400: average household income in Oklahoma, about 12 percent less than the national average.

19: percent increase in state spending per student since 2005, compared to national average of 22 percent.

$1.8 billion: total revenue from property taxes, accounting for about 1/3 of all school funding in Oklahoma.

$1.7 billion: total amount of outstanding debt for Oklahoma schools.

$66 million: total interest paid on debts for state schools.

SOURCE: “Public Education Finances: 2010” report by the U.S. Census Bureau


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