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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012 10:32 am

The U.S. Census Bureau recently came out with its annual report on school finance, and the news is not good for the Golden State.

It says California ranks 35th in per-pupil spending.

In the 2009-10 school year (the most recentl available data), the state spent just under $60 billion on public schools, or about $9,300 per pupil. That figure is $1,200 less than the national average.

In case you were wondering, the District of Columbia was highest at $18,000 per pupil, while Utah was lowest at $6,000.

Some would say the report provides new ammunition for Gov. Jerry Brown and attorney Molly Munger as they peddle their rival tax measures to voters.

I'm not taking a stance on either initiative, but you might want to check out this interesting primer on school finances before heading to the polls in November.

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