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Table 190. Total and current expenditures per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1919-20 through 2007-08
School year Expenditure per pupil in average daily attendance Expenditure per pupil in fall enrollment1
Unadjusted dollars Constant 2008-09 dollars2 Unadjusted dollars Constant 2008-09 dollars2
Total expendi-
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Current expendi-
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Total expendi-
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Current expendi-
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Total expendi-
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Current expendi-
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Total expendi-
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Current expendi-
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Annual per-
cent change in current expenditure
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1919-20 $64   $53 $720   $601 $48   $40 $539   $449
1929-30 108   87 1,360   1,087 90   72 1,127   900
1931-32 97   81 1,442   1,207 82   69 1,221   1,022
1933-34 76   67 1,236   1,094 65   57 1,050   929
1935-36 88   74 1,374   1,161 74   63 1,162   982
                           
1937-38 100   84 1,494   1,257 86   72 1,282   1,079
1939-40 106   88 1,624   1,353 92   76 1,408   1,173
1941-42 110   98 1,515   1,354 94   84 1,297   1,159
1943-44 125   117 1,536   1,441 105   99 1,294   1,214
1945-46 146   136 1,717   1,605 124   116 1,462   1,367
                           
1947-48 205   181 1,887   1,672 179   158 1,648   1,460
1949-50 260   210 2,360   1,907 231   187 2,094   1,692
1951-52 314   246 2,568   2,009 275   215 2,249   1,759
1953-54 351   265 2,801   2,114 312   236 2,491   1,880
1955-56 387   294 3,090   2,349 354   269 2,825   2,148
                           
1957-58 447   341 3,363   2,564 408   311 3,067   2,339
1959-60 471   375 3,441   2,741 440   350 3,215   2,560
1961-62 517   419 3,693   2,992 485   393 3,465   2,808
1963-64 559   460 3,888   3,204 520   428 3,619   2,982
1965-66 654   538 4,398   3,617 607   499 4,084   3,358
                           
1967-68 786   658 4,964   4,155 732   612 4,618   3,865
1969-70 955   816 5,427   4,637 879   751 4,996   4,269
1970-71 1,049   911 5,671   4,923 970   842 5,243   4,552 6.6
1971-72 1,128   990 5,883   5,163 1,034   908 5,396   4,735 4.0
1972-73 1,211   1,077 6,070   5,400 1,117   993 5,599   4,981 5.2
                           
1973-74 1,364   1,207 6,279   5,558 1,244   1,101 5,726   5,068 1.7
1974-75 1,545   1,365 6,402   5,655 1,423   1,257 5,898   5,210 2.8
1975-76 1,697   1,504 6,570   5,820 1,563   1,385 6,049   5,359 2.9
1976-77 1,816   1,638 6,643   5,989 1,674   1,509 6,121   5,519 3.0
1977-78 2,002   1,823 6,863   6,247 1,842   1,677 6,312   5,746 4.1
                           
1978-79 2,210   2,020 6,925   6,332 2,029   1,855 6,360   5,814 1.2
1979-80 2,491   2,272 6,887   6,282 2,290   2,088 6,331   5,775 -0.7
1980-81 2,742 4  2,502 6,796 4  6,199 2,529 4  2,307 6,268 4  5,718 -1.0
1981-82 2,973 4  2,726 6,782 4  6,217 2,754 4  2,525 6,283 4  5,759 0.7
1982-83 3,203 4  2,955 7,006 4  6,463 2,966 4  2,736 6,487 4  5,985 3.9
                           
1983-84 3,471 4  3,173 7,321 4  6,693 3,216 4  2,940 6,782 4  6,200 3.6
1984-85 3,722 4  3,470 7,554 4  7,043 3,456 4  3,222 7,014 4  6,540 5.5
1985-86 4,020 4  3,756 7,930 4  7,408 3,724 4  3,479 7,347 4  6,864 5.0
1986-87 4,308 4  3,970 8,314 4  7,662 3,995 4  3,682 7,709 4  7,105 3.5
1987-88 4,654 4  4,240 8,624 4  7,857 4,310 4  3,927 7,987 4  7,276 2.4
                           
1988-89 5,108   4,645 9,047   8,227 4,737   4,307 8,390   7,629 4.8
1989-90 5,547   4,980 9,377   8,418 5,172   4,643 8,743   7,849 2.9
1990-91 5,882   5,258 9,428   8,428 5,484   4,902 8,790   7,857 0.1
1991-92 6,072   5,421 9,431   8,420 5,626   5,023 8,739   7,802 -0.7
1992-93 6,279   5,584 9,457   8,410 5,802   5,160 8,739   7,771 -0.4
                           
1993-94 6,489   5,767 9,526   8,467 5,994   5,327 8,799   7,821 0.6
1994-95 6,723   5,989 9,595   8,547 6,206   5,529 8,857   7,890 0.9
1995-96 6,959   6,147 9,669   8,540 6,441   5,689 8,949   7,904 0.2
1996-97 7,297   6,393 9,857   8,636 6,761   5,923 9,133   8,002 1.2
1997-98 7,701   6,676 10,220   8,860 7,139   6,189 9,475   8,214 2.7
                           
1998-99 8,115   7,013 10,587   9,149 7,531   6,508 9,825   8,490 3.4
1999-2000 8,589   7,394 10,891   9,375 8,030   6,912 10,182   8,765 3.2
2000-01 9,180   7,904 11,254   9,690 8,572   7,380 10,508   9,048 3.2
2001-02 9,611   8,259 11,578   9,949 8,993   7,727 10,833   9,309 2.9
2002-03 9,950   8,610 11,729   10,149 9,296   8,044 10,958   9,482 1.9
                           
2003-04 10,308   8,900 11,890   10,266 9,625   8,310 11,103   9,586 1.1
2004-05 10,779   9,316 12,070   10,432 10,078   8,711 11,286   9,754 1.8
2005-06 11,338   9,778 12,230   10,548 10,603   9,145 11,438   9,865 1.1
2006-075  12,015   10,336 12,634   10,868 11,252   9,679 11,832   10,178 3.2
2007-08 12,744   10,981 12,922   11,134 11,950   10,297 12,117   10,441 2.6
—Not available.
1 Data for 1919-20 to 1953-54 are based on school-year enrollment.
2 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.
3 Excludes "Other current expenditures," such as community services, private school programs, adult education, and other programs not allocable to expenditures per student at public schools.
4 Estimated.
5 Revised from previously published figures.
NOTE: Beginning in 1980-81, state administration expenditures are excluded from both "total" and "current" expenditures. Current expenditures include instruction, student support services, food services, and enterprise operations. Total expenditures include current expenditures, capital outlay, and interest on debt. Beginning in 1988-89, extensive changes were made in the data collection procedures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Biennial Survey of Education in the United States, 1919-20 through 1955-56; Statistics of State School Systems, 1957-58 through 1969-70; Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education, 1970-71 through 1986-87; and Common Core of Data (CCD), "National Public Education Financial Survey," 1987-88 through 2007-08. (This table was prepared November 2010.)
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