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Expenditures

Question:
How much money does the United States spend on public elementary and secondary schools?

Response:
Total expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools in the United States amounted to $638 billion in 2009-10, or about $12,743 per public school student. These expenditures include $11,184 per student in current expenditures for operation of schools; $1,182 for capital outlay (i.e., expenditures for property and for buildings and alterations completed by school district staff or contractors); and $376 for interest on school debt. Expenditures are reported in constant 2011-12 dollars, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

From 1999-2000 to 2009-10, current expenditures per student enrolled in the fall increased by 20 percent, compared with a 44 percent increase for interest on school debt per student in fall enrollment. Much of the increase in current expenditures occurred during the early part of the period, with current expenditures per student increasing by 1 percent from 2007-08 to 2009-10. There was a 5 percent decrease in capital outlay expenditures per student overall from 1999-2000 to 2009-10. Over that period, however, these expenditures actually increased until 2007-08 (when they reached $1,449 in constant 2011-12 dollars), after which they began to decrease, ending up at $1,182 in 2009-10.

Total expenditures per student in fall enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools, in constant 2011-12 dollars, by type of total expenditures: 1999-2000, 2005-06, and 2009-10

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NOTE: "Current expenditures," "Capital outlay," and "Interest on school debt" are subcategories of "Total expenditures." "Capital outlay" includes expenditures for property and for buildings and alterations completed by school district staff or contractors. Expenditures are reported in constant 2011-12 dollars, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2013). The Condition of Education 2013 (NCES 2013-037), Public School Expenditures.

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