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Transportation

Question:
What percentage of students are transported at public expense and how much does the public spend on transportation on a per-pupil basis?

Response:
In 200708, some 55 percent of students in public schools were transported at public expense at a cost of $854 per pupil transported, in unadjusted dollars.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2013). Digest of Education Statistics, 2012 (NCES 2014-015), Chapter 2.

Students transported at public expense and current expenditures for transportation: Selected years, 198081 to 200910
School year Students transported at public expense (number) Students transported at public expense (percent of total) Expenditures for transportation (in thousands)1
[In unadjusted dollars]
Average expenditure per student transported
[In unadjusted dollars]
Expenditures for transportation (in thousands)1
[In constant 201112 dollars]
Average expenditure per student transported
[In constant 201112 dollars]
198081 22,272,000 59.1 $4,408,000 $198 $11,579,873 $520
199091 22,000,000 57.3 8,678,954 394 14,748,137 670
19992000 24,951,000 57.0 13,007,625 521 17,485,057 701
200001 24,471,000 55.5 14,052,654 574 18,264,068 746
200102 24,529,000 55.0 14,799,365 603 18,899,937 771
200203 24,621,000 54.7 15,648,821 636 19,555,011 794
200304 25,159,000 55.5 16,348,784 650 19,992,321 795
200405 25,318,000 55.5 17,459,659 690 20,727,037 819
200506 25,252,000 55.0 18,850,234 746 21,556,914 854
200607 25,285,000 54.8 19,979,068 790 22,271,878 881
200708 25,221,000 54.6 21,536,978 854 23,150,761 918
200809 21,679,876 860 22,983,448 912
200910 21,841,557 871 22,932,954 915

Not available.

1 Excludes capital outlay for years 1990-91 to the latest year. For 1980-81, total transportation figures include capital outlay.

NOTE: The number of students transported was estimated based on data appearing in January issues of School Bus Fleet for 1980-81 to 2000-01, and for average expenditure per student transported for 1980-81. Later estimates for number of students transported were based on data reported by School Transportation News for 2001-02 onward. Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index, prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2013). Digest of Education Statistics, 2012 (NCES 2014-015), Table 206.

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