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Table 191. Total and current expenditures per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1919-20 through 2008-09
School year Expenditure per pupil in average daily attendance Expenditure per pupil in fall enrollment1
Unadjusted dollars Constant 2009-10 dollars2 Unadjusted dollars Constant 2009-10 dollars2
Total expenditure3 Current expenditure Total expenditure3 Current expenditure Total expenditure3 Current expenditure Total expenditure3 Current expenditure Annual percent change in current expenditure
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1919-20 $64   $53 $727   $606 $48   $40 $544   $454
1929-30 108   87 1,374   1,098 90   72 1,138   909
1931-32 97   81 1,456   1,219 82   69 1,233   1,032
1933-34 76   67 1,248   1,104 65   57 1,060   938
1935-36 88   74 1,387   1,172 74   63 1,173   991
                           
1937-38 100   84 1,508   1,269 86   72 1,295   1,089
1939-40 106   88 1,640   1,366 92   76 1,421   1,184
1941-42 110   98 1,529   1,367 94   84 1,310   1,170
1943-44 125   117 1,551   1,455 105   99 1,307   1,226
1945-46 146   136 1,733   1,621 124   116 1,476   1,381
                           
1947-48 205   181 1,906   1,688 179   158 1,664   1,474
1949-50 260   210 2,383   1,925 231   187 2,114   1,708
1951-52 314   246 2,593   2,029 275   215 2,271   1,776
1953-54 351   265 2,829   2,134 312   236 2,515   1,898
1955-56 387   294 3,120   2,372 354   269 2,852   2,168
                           
1957-58 447   341 3,396   2,589 408   311 3,097   2,361
1959-60 471   375 3,474   2,767 440   350 3,246   2,585
1961-62 517   419 3,729   3,021 485   393 3,499   2,835
1963-64 559   460 3,926   3,235 520   428 3,654   3,011
1965-66 654   538 4,441   3,652 607   499 4,123   3,391
                           
1967-68 786   658 5,012   4,195 732   612 4,662   3,903
1969-70 955   816 5,479   4,682 879   751 5,044   4,310
1970-71 1,049   911 5,726   4,971 970   842 5,293   4,596 6.6
1971-72 1,128   990 5,940   5,213 1,034   908 5,448   4,781 4.0
1972-73 1,211   1,077 6,129   5,452 1,117   993 5,654   5,029 5.2
                           
1973-74 1,364   1,207 6,340   5,612 1,244   1,101 5,781   5,117 1.7
1974-75 1,545   1,365 6,464   5,710 1,423   1,257 5,955   5,261 2.8
1975-76 1,697   1,504 6,633   5,876 1,563   1,385 6,108   5,411 2.9
1976-77 1,816   1,638 6,707   6,047 1,674   1,509 6,180   5,572 3.0
1977-78 2,002   1,823 6,929   6,308 1,842   1,677 6,373   5,801 4.1
                           
1978-79 2,210   2,020 6,992   6,393 2,029   1,855 6,421   5,871 1.2
1979-80 2,491   2,272 6,953   6,342 2,290   2,088 6,392   5,830 -0.7
1980-81 2,742 4  2,502 6,861 4  6,259 2,529 4  2,307 6,329 4  5,773 -1.0
1981-82 2,973 4  2,726 6,848 4  6,277 2,754 4  2,525 6,343 4  5,815 0.7
1982-83 3,203 4  2,955 7,074 4  6,526 2,966 4  2,736 6,550 4  6,043 3.9
                           
1983-84 3,471 4  3,173 7,392 4  6,757 3,216 4  2,940 6,848 4  6,260 3.6
1984-85 3,722 4  3,470 7,627 4  7,111 3,456 4  3,222 7,081 4  6,603 5.5
1985-86 4,020 4  3,756 8,006 4  7,480 3,724 4  3,479 7,418 4  6,930 5.0
1986-87 4,308 4  3,970 8,394 4  7,736 3,995 4  3,682 7,784 4  7,174 3.5
1987-88 4,654 4  4,240 8,707 4  7,933 4,310 4  3,927 8,064 4  7,347 2.4
                           
1988-89 5,108   4,645 9,135   8,306 4,737   4,307 8,471   7,703 4.8
1989-90 5,547   4,980 9,468   8,500 5,172   4,643 8,828   7,925 2.9
1990-91 5,882   5,258 9,519   8,509 5,484   4,902 8,875   7,933 0.1
1991-92 6,072   5,421 9,522   8,501 5,626   5,023 8,823   7,877 -0.7
1992-93 6,279   5,584 9,549   8,491 5,802   5,160 8,824   7,846 -0.4
                           
1993-94 6,489   5,767 9,619   8,549 5,994   5,327 8,884   7,896 0.6
1994-95 6,723   5,989 9,688   8,630 6,206   5,529 8,943   7,967 0.9
1995-96. 6,959   6,147 9,763   8,623 6,441   5,689 9,036   7,981 0.2
1996-97 7,297   6,393 9,953   8,719 6,761   5,923 9,222   8,079 1.2
1997-98 7,701   6,676 10,319   8,945 7,139   6,189 9,567   8,293 2.7
                           
1998-99 8,115   7,013 10,690   9,238 7,531   6,508 9,920   8,572 3.4
1999-2000 8,589   7,394 10,996   9,466 8,030   6,912 10,280   8,849 3.2
2000-01. 9,180   7,904 11,363   9,783 8,572   7,380 10,610   9,135 3.2
2001-02 9,611   8,259 11,690   10,045 8,993   7,727 10,938   9,399 2.9
2002-03 9,950   8,610 11,842   10,247 9,296   8,044 11,064   9,574 1.9
                           
2003-04 10,308   8,900 12,005   10,365 9,625   8,310 11,210   9,679 1.1
2004-05 10,779   9,316 12,187   10,533 10,078   8,711 11,395   9,849 1.8
2005-06 11,338   9,778 12,349   10,650 10,603   9,145 11,549   9,960 1.1
2006-07 12,015   10,336 12,757   10,974 11,252   9,679 11,946   10,276 3.2
2007-085  12,759   10,982 13,063   11,243 11,965   10,298 12,249   10,543 2.6
2008-09 13,015   11,231 13,141   11,339 12,274   10,591 12,393   10,694 1.4
—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 2008-09. (This table was prepared June 2011.)
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