New York Tops Nation for School Spending

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 29, 2010 at 7:56 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 29, 2010 at 7:56 AM EDT

A new Census report shows that New York's public elementary and secondary schools spent more than $17,000 per pupil in 2007-08. Researchers say that's 67 percent higher than the national average, which tops $10,000 per pupil. New Jersey was second for spending, followed by Alaska. Three Western states spent the least: Utah, Idaho and Arizona.
Researchers say "public education is the single largest category of all state and local government expenditures."

The Niagara Falls International Airport is expanding. The NFTA is buying a vacant 9.6 acre parcel across from the airport for $450,000. It will be used for overflow parking at the airport. The NFTA says there is a demand for additional parking since the new terminal opened.

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