Census Says Education Spending Falls by Arkansas Business Staff Posted 6/3/2013 12:00 am Fiscal year 2011 saw the first decline in public education spending per student since 1977, the year that the U.S. Census Bureau started collecting data on such outlays, the bureau recently reported. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access stories older than 15 days. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.