Utah continues to set aside fewer public dollars for each K-12 student than any other state.
That's according to a Census Bureau analysis released Thursday that considered data from 2014.
The state's large under-18 population has much to do with its dead-last ranking. Growing student enrollment, now at 633,900, continues to gobble up tax dollars.
Nationally, total per-student school spending ticked up 2.7 percent, or $1,109 — the largest increase since 2008, when the increase was 6.1 percent.
In Utah, the Legislature has boosted state education funding in recent years, by 3.75 percent in 2016 and by 5.6 percent last year. The percentages are higher than the national average, but it hasn't been enough to pull Utah out of last place.