ALBANY Total education spending in New York topped $60 billion during the 2013-14 school year, averaging out to $21,812 per student, according to a report released Monday.
The analysis from the New York State Association of School Business Officials showed the state's 679 local school districts took on the brunt of the cost, or about 54.5 percent. About 90 percent of the local share is covered by property-taxes, according to the report.
The state's share was about 41.4 percent, or $9,026 per pupil, while the federal government accounted for the rest.
Overall, spending during the 2013-14 year was up about 3 percent from the previous year's total of $58 billion. And while the state's share has increased each year since 2010-11, it still lags behind what it was prior to the most-recent economic recession.
"The state share of education funding is still below pre-recession levels despite recent increases in school aid demonstrating a need for further state investment," Michael Borges, the association's executive director, said in a statement.
New York spends well above the nationwide per-pupil average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
During the federal government's 2013 fiscal year, the national average was $10,700 per student, during which time New York was at $19,818.
Over the past 10 years, the burden for funding schools has shifted toward local districts and their property taxpayers, according to the Association of School Business Officials report.
During the 2004-05 school year, New York's school districts picked up the tab for 50.3 percent of education costs, the report found. In 2013-14, it was 54.5 percent.
Over that same time period, the state's share dropped from 43.5 percent to 41.4 percent, including a low of 39.8 percent in 2011-12. The federal share, meanwhile, dipped from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent over that decade.