Disparate funding levels in the United States are the single most anti-democratic policy in our society. Where children live should not have bearing on how much money is spent on their education. And the variability in funding levels is deep and profound.
In 2009, the state with the highest level of per-pupil funding (adjusted for regional cost differences) was Wyoming, spending $18,068 per pupil. Utah, with the lowest per-pupil allocation, spent $7,217. From kindergarten to the end of high school, Wyoming will spend $140,000 more on a child than Utah will.