For the cost of one day in Iraq, we could pay for a year's worth of education for 36,364 children in the public school system, grades 1-12.
(Based on the U.S. Census national average of $9,138 per pupil in 2005-06).
In Utah, where the amount of money spent per pupil is lowest, this equates to yearly education for 61,175 children. Or 48,278 students in Tennessee.
At $13,446 per student in Washington D.C. (one of the highest averages), we could pay for 24,714 students - nearly half of D.C.'s total public school enrollment.
When you consider that education should be one of a government's highest priorities, and with school districts forced to make extreme budget cuts in recent years, this is yet another compelling way to evaluate the real costs of the occupation of Iraq.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau
Thanks LK for the tip!