Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday show that, in fiscal 2011, the U.S. spent on average $10,560 per student -- down 0.4% since 2010. It is the first recorded drop in per-pupil spending since the data was first collected in 1977, the agency reported, though other drops can be seen if inflation is taken into consideration. Officials say decreased spending likely will affect students' education.

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