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Table 183. Summary of expenditures for public elementary and secondary education, by purpose: Selected years, 1919-20 through 2008-09
School year Total expenditures Current expenditures for public elementary and secondary education Other cur- rent expen- ditures2 Capital outlay3 Interest on school debt
Total Admini- stration Instruction Plant operation Plant main- tenance Fixed charges Other school services1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  Amounts in thousands of current dollars
1919-20 $1,036,151 $861,120 $36,752   $632,556   $115,707   $30,432 $9,286 $36,387   $3,277 $153,543 $18,212
1929-30 2,316,790 1,843,552 78,680   1,317,727   216,072   78,810 50,270 101,993   9,825 370,878 92,536
1939-40 2,344,049 1,941,799 91,571   1,403,285   194,365   73,321 50,116 129,141   13,367 257,974 130,909
1949-50 5,837,643 4,687,274 220,050   3,112,340   427,587   214,164 261,469 451,663   35,614 1,014,176 100,578
1959-60 15,613,254 12,329,388 528,408   8,350,738   1,085,036   422,586 909,323 1,033,297   132,566 2,661,786 489,514
                               
1969-70 40,683,429 34,217,773 1,606,646   23,270,158   2,537,257   974,941 3,266,920 2,561,856   635,803 4,659,072 1,170,782
1979-80 95,961,561 86,984,142 4,263,757   53,257,937   9,744,785   (4) 11,793,934 7,923,729   597,585 6,506,167 1,873,666
1989-90 212,769,564 188,229,359 16,346,991 5  113,550,405 5  20,261,415 5  (4) 38,070,548 5  2,982,543 17,781,342 3,776,321
1999-2000 381,838,155 323,888,508 25,079,298 5  199,968,138 5  31,190,295 5  (4) 67,650,776 5  5,457,015 43,357,186 9,135,445
2000-01 410,811,185 348,360,841 26,689,181 5  214,333,003 5  34,034,158 5  (4) 73,304,498 5  6,063,700 46,220,704 10,165,940
                               
2001-02 435,364,404 368,378,006 28,309,047 5  226,668,386 5  34,829,109 5  (4) 78,571,464 5  6,530,554 49,960,542 10,495,301
2002-03 454,906,912 387,593,617 29,751,958 5  237,731,734 5  36,830,517 5  (4) 83,279,408 5  6,873,762 48,940,374 11,499,160
2003-04 474,241,531 403,390,369 30,864,875 5  247,444,620 5  38,720,429 5  (4) 86,360,444 5  6,927,551 50,842,973 13,080,638
2004-05 499,568,736 425,047,565 32,666,223 5  260,046,266 5  40,926,881 5  (4) 91,408,195 5  7,691,468 53,528,382 13,301,322
2005-06 528,268,772 449,131,342 34,197,083 5  273,760,798 5  44,313,835 5  (4) 96,859,626 5  7,415,575 57,375,299 14,346,556
                               
2006-07 562,194,807 476,814,206 36,213,814 5  290,678,482 5  46,828,916 5  (4) 103,092,995 5  7,804,253 62,863,465 14,712,882
2007-086  597,313,726 506,884,219 38,203,341 5  308,238,664 5  49,362,661 5  (4) 111,079,554 5  8,307,720 66,426,299 15,695,488
2008-09 610,109,923 518,997,430 39,416,429 5  316,345,253 5  50,639,590 5  (4) 112,596,158 5  8,539,329 65,881,936 16,691,228
  Amounts in thousands of constant 2009-10 dollars
1919-20 $11,783,513 $9,792,992 $417,958   $7,193,673   $1,315,865   $346,085 $105,604 $413,807   $37,267 $1,746,151 $207,114
1929-30 29,335,134 23,343,007 996,244   16,685,024   2,735,898   997,890 636,517 1,291,433   124,404 4,696,047 1,171,688
1939-40 36,353,307 30,114,906 1,420,153   21,763,218   3,014,361   1,137,118 777,237 2,002,818   207,306 4,000,858 2,030,237
1949-50 53,423,196 42,895,584 2,013,788   28,482,583   3,913,063   1,959,922 2,392,834 4,133,394   325,922 9,281,233 920,440
1959-60 115,166,545 90,944,080 3,897,645   61,596,746   8,003,447   3,117,081 6,707,352 7,621,809   977,834 19,633,876 3,610,755
                               
1969-70 233,422,184 196,325,350 9,218,171   133,513,109   14,557,575   5,593,748 18,744,035 14,698,712   3,647,935 26,731,541 6,717,391
1979-80 267,904,486 242,841,421 11,903,512   148,684,953   27,205,389   (4) 32,926,182 22,121,384   1,668,332 18,163,849 5,230,881
1989-90 363,178,669 321,290,727 27,902,856 5  193,820,414 5  34,584,428 5  (4) 64,983,030 5  5,090,935 30,351,165 6,445,843
1999-2000 488,845,855 414,656,190 32,107,611 5  256,007,929 5  39,931,175 5  (4) 86,609,473 5  6,986,309 55,507,760 11,695,595
2000-01 508,516,450 431,213,230 33,036,801 5  265,308,886 5  42,128,671 5  (4) 90,738,871 5  7,505,860 57,213,604 12,583,755
                               
2001-02 529,533,897 448,058,315 34,432,305 5  275,696,847 5  42,362,659 5  (4) 95,566,503 5  7,943,116 60,767,027 12,765,439
2002-03 541,405,372 461,292,763 35,409,157 5  282,935,332 5  43,833,670 5  (4) 99,114,605 5  8,180,776 58,246,162 13,685,672
2003-04 552,332,923 469,814,992 35,947,267 5  288,190,302 5  45,096,362 5  (4) 100,581,061 5  8,068,282 59,215,075 15,234,573
2004-05 564,833,327 480,576,571 36,933,799 5  294,019,194 5  46,273,645 5  (4) 103,349,932 5  8,696,296 60,521,429 15,039,031
2005-06 575,371,534 489,177,864 37,246,245 5  298,170,513 5  48,265,051 5  (4) 105,496,055 5  8,076,780 62,491,132 15,625,758
                               
2006-07 596,886,868 506,237,579 38,448,506 5  308,615,744 5  49,718,646 5  (4) 109,454,684 5  8,285,840 66,742,660 15,620,789
2007-086  611,514,253 518,934,877 39,111,587 5  315,566,725 5  50,536,208 5  (4) 113,720,358 5  8,505,227 68,005,516 16,068,633
2008-09 616,013,259 524,019,174 39,797,816 5  319,406,164 5  51,129,571 5  (4) 113,685,623 5  8,621,954 66,519,400 16,852,730
  Percentage distribution
1919-20 100.0 83.1 3.5   61.0   11.2   2.9 0.9 3.5   0.3 14.8 1.8
1929-30 100.0 79.6 3.4   56.9   9.3   3.4 2.2 4.4   0.4 16.0 4.0
1939-40 100.0 82.8 3.9   59.9   8.3   3.1 2.1 5.5   0.6 11.0 5.6
1949-50 100.0 80.3 3.8   53.3   7.3   3.7 4.5 7.7   0.6 17.4 1.7
1959-60 100.0 79.0 3.4   53.5   6.9   2.7 5.8 6.6   0.8 17.0 3.1
                               
1969-70 100.0 84.1 3.9   57.2   6.2   2.4 8.0 6.3   1.6 11.5 2.9
1979-80 100.0 90.6 4.4   55.5   10.2   (4) 12.3 8.3   0.6 6.8 2.0
1989-90 100.0 88.5 7.7 5  53.4 5  9.5   (4) 17.9 5  1.4 8.4 1.8
1999-2000 100.0 84.8 6.6 5  52.4 5  8.2   (4) 17.7 5  1.4 11.4 2.4
2000-01 100.0 84.8 6.5 5  52.2 5  8.3   (4) 17.8 5  1.5 11.3 2.5
                               
2001-02 100.0 84.6 6.5 5  52.1 5  8.0   (4) 18.0 5  1.5 11.5 2.4
2002-03 100.0 85.2 6.5 5  52.3 5  8.1   (4) 18.3 5  1.5 10.8 2.5
2003-04 100.0 85.1 6.5 5  52.2 5  8.2   (4) 18.2 5  1.5 10.7 2.8
2004-05 100.0 85.1 6.5 5  52.1 5  8.2   (4) 18.3 5  1.5 10.7 2.7
2005-06 100.0 85.0 6.5 5  51.8 5  8.4   (4) 18.3 5  1.4 10.9 2.7
                               
2006-07 100.0 84.8 6.4 5  51.7 5  8.3   (4) 18.3 5  1.4 11.2 2.6
2007-086  100.0 84.9 6.4 5  51.6 5  8.3   (4) 18.6 5  1.4 11.1 2.6
2008-09 100.0 85.1 6.5 5  51.9 5  8.3   (4) 18.5 5  1.4 10.8 2.7
—Not available.
1 Prior to 1959-60, items included under "other school services" were listed under "auxiliary services," a more comprehensive classification that also included community services.
2 Includes expenditures for summer schools, adult education, community colleges, and community services.
3 Prior to 1969-70, excludes capital outlay by state and local school housing authorities.
4 Plant operation also includes plant maintenance.
5 Data not comparable to figures prior to 1989-90.
6 Data have been revised from previously published figures.
NOTE: Beginning in 1959-60, includes Alaska and Hawaii. Beginning in 1989-90, state administration expenditures were excluded from both "total" and "current" expenditures. Beginning in 1989-90, extensive changes were made in the data collection procedures. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Biennial Survey of Education in the United States, 1919-20 through 1949-50; Statistics of State School Systems, 1959-60 and 1969-70; Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education, 1979-80; and Common Core of Data (CCD), "National Public Education Financial Survey," 1989-90 through 2008-09. (This table was prepared June 2011.)
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