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Table 236.55. Total and current expenditures per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1919-20 through 2010-11
School year Expenditure per pupil in average daily attendance Expenditure per pupil in fall enrollment1
Unadjusted dollars2 Constant 2012-13 dollars3 Unadjusted dollars2 Constant 2012-13 dollars3
Total expendi-
ture4
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 percent
change in current
expenditure
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1919-20 $64   $53 $776   $647 $48   $40 $581   $484
1929-30 108   87 1,466   1,172 90   72 1,214   970
1931-32 97   81 1,555   1,301 82   69 1,316   1,102
1933-34 76   67 1,332   1,179 65   57 1,131   1,002
1935-36 88   74 1,481   1,251 74   63 1,252   1,058
                           
1937-38 100   84 1,610   1,354 86   72 1,382   1,163
1939-40 106   88 1,750   1,458 92   76 1,517   1,264
1941-42 110   98 1,633   1,459 94   84 1,398   1,249
1943-44 125   117 1,655   1,553 105   99 1,395   1,309
1945-46 146   136 1,850   1,730 124   116 1,576   1,474
                           
1947-48 205   181 2,034   1,802 179   158 1,776   1,574
1949-50 260   210 2,543   2,055 231   187 2,257   1,823
1951-52 314   246 2,768   2,166 275   215 2,424   1,896
1953-54 351   265 3,019   2,278 312   236 2,685   2,026
1955-56 387   294 3,331   2,532 354   269 3,045   2,315
                           
1957-58 447   341 3,625   2,764 408   311 3,306   2,520
1959-60 471   375 3,709   2,954 440   350 3,465   2,759
1961-62 517   419 3,980   3,225 485   393 3,735   3,026
1963-64 559   460 4,191   3,453 520   428 3,901   3,214
1965-66 654   538 4,741   3,899 607   499 4,401   3,620
                           
1967-68 786   658 5,350   4,478 732   612 4,977   4,166
1969-70 955   816 5,849   4,997 879   751 5,385   4,601
1970-71 1,049   911 6,112   5,306 970   842 5,650   4,905 6.6
1971-72 1,128   990 6,341   5,564 1,034   908 5,815   5,103 4.0
1972-73 1,211   1,077 6,543   5,820 1,117   993 6,035   5,368 5.2
                           
1973-74 1,364   1,207 6,768   5,990 1,244   1,101 6,171   5,462 1.7
1974-75 1,545   1,365 6,900   6,095 1,423   1,257 6,357   5,615 2.8
1975-76 1,697   1,504 7,081   6,273 1,563   1,385 6,520   5,776 2.9
1976-77 1,816   1,638 7,159   6,455 1,674   1,509 6,597   5,948 3.0
1977-78 2,002   1,823 7,396   6,733 1,842   1,677 6,803   6,193 4.1
                           
1978-79 2,210   2,020 7,464   6,824 2,029   1,855 6,854   6,267 1.2
1979-80 2,491   2,272 7,422   6,770 2,290   2,088 6,823   6,224 -0.7
1980-81 2,742 5 2,502 7,324 5 6,681 2,529 5 2,307 6,755 5 6,162 -1.0
1981-82 2,973 5 2,726 7,310 5 6,701 2,754 5 2,525 6,771 5 6,207 0.7
1982-83 3,203 5 2,955 7,551 5 6,966 2,966 5 2,736 6,992 5 6,450 3.9
                           
1983-84 3,471 5 3,173 7,890 5 7,213 3,216 5 2,940 7,309 5 6,682 3.6
1984-85 3,722 5 3,470 8,141 5 7,591 3,456 5 3,222 7,559 5 7,048 5.5
1985-86 4,020 5 3,756 8,546 5 7,985 3,724 5 3,479 7,918 5 7,397 5.0
1986-87 4,308 5 3,970 8,960 5 8,258 3,995 5 3,682 8,309 5 7,658 3.5
1987-88 4,654 5 4,240 9,295 5 8,468 4,310 5 3,927 8,608 5 7,842 2.4
                           
1988-89 5,108   4,645 9,751   8,867 4,737   4,307 9,042   8,222 4.8
1989-90 5,547   4,980 10,107   9,073 5,172   4,643 9,423   8,459 2.9
1990-91 5,882   5,258 10,161   9,083 5,484   4,902 9,473   8,468 0.1
1991-92 6,072   5,421 10,164   9,075 5,626   5,023 9,418   8,409 -0.7
1992-93 6,279   5,584 10,193   9,064 5,802   5,160 9,419   8,375 -0.4
                           
1993-94 6,489   5,767 10,267   9,126 5,994   5,327 9,483   8,429 0.6
1994-95 6,723   5,989 10,341   9,212 6,206   5,529 9,546   8,504 0.9
1995-96 6,959   6,147 10,421   9,205 6,441   5,689 9,645   8,519 0.2
1996-97 7,297   6,393 10,624   9,307 6,761   5,923 9,844   8,624 1.2
1997-98 7,701   6,676 11,015   9,549 7,139   6,189 10,212   8,853 2.7
                           
1998-99 8,115   7,013 11,411   9,861 7,531   6,508 10,589   9,151 3.4
1999-2000 8,589   7,394 11,738   10,104 8,030   6,912 10,973   9,446 3.2
2000-01 9,180   7,904 12,129   10,443 8,572   7,380 11,326   9,751 3.2
2001-02 9,611   8,259 12,479   10,723 8,993   7,727 11,676   10,033 2.9
2002-03 9,950   8,610 12,641   10,938 9,296   8,044 11,810   10,219 1.9
                           
2003-04 10,308   8,900 12,815   11,064 9,625   8,310 11,966   10,332 1.1
2004-05 10,779   9,316 13,009   11,243 10,078   8,711 12,164   10,513 1.8
2005-06 11,338   9,778 13,181   11,368 10,603   9,145 12,328   10,632 1.1
2006-07 12,015   10,336 13,617   11,714 11,252   9,679 12,752   10,969 3.2
2007-08 12,759   10,982 13,943   12,001 11,965   10,298 13,075   11,254 2.6
                           
2008-09 13,033   11,239 14,046   12,113 12,222   10,540 13,173   11,359 0.9
2009-106 13,035   11,427 13,914   12,198 12,133   10,636 12,951   11,353 -0.1
2010-11 12,908   11,418 13,507   11,948 12,048   10,658 12,608   11,153 -1.8
—Not available.
1 Data for 1919-20 to 1953-54 are based on school-year enrollment.
2 Unadjusted (or “current”) dollars have not been adjusted to compensate for inflation.
3 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.
4 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.
5 Estimated.
6 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, 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 2010-11. (This table was prepared July 2013.)
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