Census figures show 33 states spend more than Missouri does on each student in the public schools. The figures are for the year 2000. The Census Bureau says Missourispent an average of $6,143 for each student. That’s about$1,000 more per student than the state was spending before the Excellence in Education Act was passed in 1993. The Census Bureau tabulations say Missouri’s spending is about$700 below the national average.