ATLANTA, GA — Georgia spends less on the typical student than most states, according to figures released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. And while it’s easy to say more spending on schools and teachers is a good thing, studies have been mixed on the effect public education spending has on learning outcomes and school completion rates.

Spending per American student for pre-K through 12th grade increased 3.7 percent to $12,201 during Fiscal Year 2017, the agency reported. That number ranged from as low as $7,179 in Utah all the way up to $23,091 in New York.

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