Even during its six-year funding freeze, Louisiana’s state education financing ranked near the middle when compared to other states. In 2012, Louisiana ranked 30th — with an average of $5,392 per student — among 50 states in state funding for public schools, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
When adding federal and local per-pupil funding, Louisiana ranked higher. It was 21st of 50 states and Washington D.C., with an average of $12,698 per student.
State Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said the data show that Louisiana’s education funding is not as abysmal, as some critics assert. Despite all the cash, he said, the state’s academic performance is among the lowest in the country.