Digest of Education Statistics
2007 Tables and Figures All Years of Tables and Figures Most Recent Full Issue of the Digest


Table 165. Summary of expenditures for public elementary and secondary education, by purpose: Selected years, 1919-20 through 2004-05
School year Total expenditures Current expenditures for public elementary and secondary education Other current expen-ditures2 Capital outlay3 Interest on school debt
Total Administration 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
1994-95 279,000,318 243,877,582 19,877,848 5  150,556,118 5  24,542,922 5  (4) 48,900,694 5  5,148,505 24,456,100 5,518,131
1995-96 293,646,490 255,106,683 20,709,652 5  157,473,978 5  25,724,062 5  (4) 51,198,992 5  4,724,659 27,555,667 6,259,480
                               
1996-97 313,151,046 270,174,298 21,603,056 5  167,148,760 5  26,837,270 5  (4) 54,585,210 5  4,649,138 31,429,074 6,898,536
1997-98 334,315,020 285,485,370 22,043,101 5  176,521,719 5  27,952,899 5  (4) 58,967,649 5  4,884,115 36,168,090 7,777,445
1998-99 355,837,818 302,876,294 23,396,918 5  186,776,182 5  29,396,471 5  (4) 63,306,722 5  5,242,618 39,522,710 8,196,196
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
2003-046  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
2004-05 499,068,816 424,562,095 32,648,224 5  259,614,068 5  40,893,529 5  (4) 91,406,274 5  7,664,672 53,540,727 13,301,322
  Amounts in thousands of constant 2006-07 dollars
1919-20 $11,098,635 $9,223,807 $393,666   $6,775,565   $1,239,385   $325,970 $99,466 $389,756   $35,101 $1,644,662 $195,076
1929-30 27,630,127 21,986,272 938,341   15,715,263   2,576,883   939,891 599,522 1,216,372   117,173 4,423,105 1,103,588
1939-40 34,240,392 28,364,577 1,337,612   20,498,304   2,839,162   1,071,027 732,063 1,886,410   195,257 3,768,322 1,912,236
1949-50 50,318,151 40,402,421 1,896,743   26,827,128   3,685,629   1,846,008 2,253,758 3,893,155   306,978 8,741,792 866,942
1959-60 108,472,874 85,658,258 3,671,108   58,016,641   7,538,273   2,935,911 6,317,509 7,178,817   921,001 18,492,723 3,400,892
                               
1969-70 219,855,297 184,914,593 8,682,396   125,753,104   13,711,464   5,268,630 17,654,600 13,844,399   3,435,911 25,177,859 6,326,965
1979-80 252,333,430 228,727,072 11,211,660   140,043,136   25,624,167   (4) 31,012,457 20,835,652   1,571,365 17,108,136 4,926,854
1989-90 342,070,118 302,616,774 26,281,095 5  182,555,248 5  32,574,324 5  (4) 61,206,108 5  4,795,041 28,587,104 6,071,200
1994-95 378,667,139 330,997,566 26,978,779 5  204,339,030 5  33,310,350 5  (4) 66,369,408 5  6,987,696 33,192,512 7,489,364
1995-96 387,989,691 337,067,755 27,363,281 5  208,067,462 5  33,988,728 5    67,648,284 5  6,242,605 36,408,795 8,270,536
                               
1996-97 402,283,260 347,074,035 27,751,936 5  214,724,328 5  34,475,965 5  (4) 70,121,804 5  5,972,423 40,374,735 8,862,067
1997-98 421,946,059 360,317,124 27,821,064 5  222,791,796 5  35,279,946 5  (4) 74,424,317 5  6,164,345 45,648,511 9,816,078
1998-99 441,467,956 375,761,573 29,027,240 5  231,722,699 5  36,470,548 5  (4) 78,541,087 5  6,504,221 49,033,603 10,168,560
1999-2000 460,433,318 390,555,681 30,241,463 5  241,128,321 5  37,610,309 5  (4) 81,575,586 5  6,580,253 52,281,557 11,015,828
2000-01 478,960,625 406,150,397 31,116,647 5  249,888,691 5  39,680,083 5  (4) 85,464,976 5  7,069,607 53,888,254 11,852,367
                               
2001-02 498,756,503 422,016,417 32,431,042 5  259,672,886 5  39,900,470 5  (4) 90,012,018 5  7,481,449 57,235,146 12,023,491
2002-03 509,937,988 434,481,658 33,351,117 5  266,490,658 5  41,285,984 5  (4) 93,353,898 5  7,705,295 54,860,797 12,890,238
2003-046  520,230,411 442,508,561 33,857,952 5  271,440,201 5  42,475,286 5  (4) 94,735,122 5  7,599,340 55,773,396 14,349,114
2004-05 531,471,892 452,127,668 34,767,977 5  276,470,049 5  43,548,626 5  (4) 97,341,016 5  8,162,317 57,016,970 14,164,937
  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
1994-95 100.0 87.4 7.1 5  54.0 5  8.8   (4) 17.5 5  1.8 8.8 2.0
1995-96 100.0 86.9 7.1 5  53.6 5  8.8   (4) 17.4 5  1.6 9.4 2.1
                               
1996-97 100.0 86.3 6.9 5  53.4 5  8.6   (4) 17.4 5  1.5 10.0 2.2
1997-98 100.0 85.4 6.6 5  52.8 5  8.4   (4) 17.6 5  1.5 10.8 2.3
1998-99 100.0 85.1 6.6 5  52.5 5  8.3   (4) 17.8 5  1.5 11.1 2.3
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
2003-046  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  52.0 5  8.2   (4) 18.3 5  1.5 10.7 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 2004-05. (This table was prepared April 2007.)

2007 Tables and Figures All Years of Tables and Figures Most Recent Full Issue of the Digest