New census data shows data shows Idaho remains near the bottom when it comes to how much public schools spend per student. The state spent $7,092 per student during the 2008-2009 school year, according to new estimates released Wednesday. That's up from the previous school year, when Idaho spent $6,931 for every student, but the state is still ranked the second lowest in the nation. Utah was the lowest at $6,356 per student, according to the data. Public schools in New York spent the most, at $18,126 per pupil in 2009. The national average was $10,499 per student, up from $10,259 the previous year. Idaho Superintendent Tom Luna has said spending is not the best tool for measuring a state's commitment to education success, and the real goal is achievement.

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