U.S. Census data shows Iowa has been spending less than the national average on students in its public schools.
Iowa's per-pupil expenditure was nearly $9,800 per student, compared with the U.S. average of just over $10,600.
District of Columbia public schools spent the most money, nearly $18,700 per pupil. Utah spent the least at just over $6,060 per student.
Iowa spending has increased over the years, however Iowa Department of Education data show the state spent more than $5,100 per student in the 1997-98 school year.