MDR’s Public School Buying Power Map


A County-by-County Guide to Instructional Spending

MDR has developed an exclusive measure, All Instructional Materials (AIM) Expenditure, that details how much public schools spend on supplies and materials used for instructional purposes. With that data at hand, this interactive map is a visual tool for viewing this expenditure across the country.

Here’s a sneak preview of some of our findings:

  • We place total U.S. public school AIM Expenditures most recently at $18.9 billion
  • With information gathered directly from state departments of education about each public school district in the U.S., we’ve mapped spending for all instructional materials
  • We’ve tracked the lowest spending at less than $1,000,000, to the highest spending at $50,000,000+
MDR's Buying Power Map of US Counties

Each state is broken down by:

  • Number of districts
  • Number of schools
  • Enrollment
  • All Instructional Materials Expenditure
  • Title I funding
  • ESSER II and III allocations

The Buying Power Map is free to interact with and features state and county level AIM figures.

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