Albany, N.Y. (AP) - A new and free online map allows New Yorkers to compare how school districts spend their money per student.
The Citizens Budget Commission released the interactive map for its website last week.
Viewers can search for a school district and see breakdowns in how it spends its budget and how it compares to state averages per pupil.
Overall, New York state school districts spend nearly twice the national average.
But there are huge differences in per-pupil spending between high needs districts in urban and rural areas as compared to wealthier suburban districts.
The map shows that statewide schools spend nearly three times the national average for fringe benefits for employees including pensions and health care.
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