In 2015 alone the US spent around $70 billion on education, yet they spent more than 8 times that on keeping up the military
The average OECD nation spends around $9,313 per student per year in education
The average spending of all countries with data is 15.4%. However, the top 10 countries who spend less than 10% maintain enrolment rates
Five countries spend more than 90% of total expenditures on salaries. High recurrent expenditure leaves little room in public spending for school construction and supplies.
There is a warning of a lack of spending on textbooks by governments, with some using less than 1% of education budgets on books.
The lack of availability of textbooks from schools means that many families would have to pay for their own copies, which would be unaffordable to the poorest.
"The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school." - National Commission on Reading, 1985