Numbers released by the census bureau show that 2 years ago Georgia’s per student spending was about 9,800 dollars. That is 500 dollars below the national average. The state provided about half of that money with local governments picking up the rest. Louisiana and Virginia were the only Southern states spending more on public students than Georgia. Since the data was collected, Georgia’s education spending has gone down due to the slowing economy. In the new state budget which begins July 1, K-12 education is about 600 million dollars less than last year.