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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 2007–08, the expenditure for public school student transportation was $854 per student transported (in unadjusted dollars), and 55 percent of students were transported at public expense.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2015). Digest of Education Statistics, 2013 (NCES 2015-011), Chapter 2.

Students transported at public expense and current expenditures for transportation: Selected years, 1980–81 to 2010–11
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 2012–13 dollars]
Average expenditure per student transported
[In constant 2012–13 dollars]
1980–81 22,272,000 59.1 $4,408,000 $198 $11,772,579 $529
1990–91 22,000,000 57.3 8,678,954 394 14,993,567 682
1999–2000 24,951,000 57.0 13,007,625 521 17,776,033 712
2000–01 24,471,000 55.5 14,052,654 574 18,568,008 759
2001–02 24,529,000 55.0 14,799,365 603 19,214,459 783
2002–03 24,621,000 54.7 15,648,821 636 19,880,433 807
2003–04 25,159,000 55.5 16,348,784 650 20,325,021 808
2004–05 25,318,000 55.5 17,459,659 690 21,071,964 832
2005–06 25,252,000 55.0 18,850,234 746 21,915,651 868
2006–07 25,285,000 54.8 19,979,068 790 22,642,513 895
2007–08 25,221,000 54.6 21,536,978 854 23,536,022 933
2008–09 21,679,876 860 23,365,924 927
2009–10 21,819,304 870 23,290,837 929
2010–11 22,345,048 886 23,382,522 928

— 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. (2015). Digest of Education Statistics, 2013 (NCES 2015-011), Table 236.90.

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