Listed below is some data from the US Census Bureau (from 2004 - the newest I could find). NY is essentially tied for the highest spending per pupil in the US. That of course is a State value. I'm sure that the wealthy NYC suburbs pay significantly more.
Richard ========================= National Spending Per Student Rises to $8,287 U.S. public school districts spent an average of $8,287 per student in 2004, up from the previous year?s total of $8,019. In all, public elementary and secondary education received $462.7 billion from federal, state and local sources in 2004, up 5.1 percent from 2003.
Findings from the 2004 Annual Survey of Local Government Finances ? School Systems show that New Jersey spent $12,981 per student in 2004 -- the most among states and state equivalents -- the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. Utah, at $5,008, spent the least per student.
New York ($12,930) and the District of Columbia ($12,801) were second and third in spending per student. Vermont ($11,128) and Connecticut ($10,788) rounded out the top five. Along with Utah, Idaho ($6,028), Arizona ($6,036), Oklahoma ($6,176) and Mississippi ($6,237) comprised the lowest five in money spent per student.