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States That Spent Most Per-Pupil Get Labor Dept. Grants; States That Spent Least Get None
The U.S. Labor Department announced last week that it will distribute $75.7 million in taxpayer-funded YouthBuild grants to provide instruction and occupational training for high school dropouts, ages 16 to 24.
With some 5,000 individuals expected to benefit, the grants average $15,140 for each "out of school" individual. Meanwhile, the nation's elementary-secondary public school systems spent an average $10,615 per pupil in fiscal year 2010, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to a June 2012 Census Bureau's report, the District of Columbia spent the most on education in 2010 - $18,667 per student. The Labor Department just awarded a $1,099,932 YouthBuild grant to the city's Sasha Bruce Youthwork Inc., which helps young people "transform their lives."
by Penny Starr
September 3, 2012
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