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Mobile Digest of Education Statistics, 2014

Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

Revenues

The state share of revenues for public elementary and secondary schools generally grew from the 1930s through the mid-1980s, while the local share decreased during the same time period (see Digest of Education Statistics, 2014, table 235.10). However, this pattern changed in the late 1980s, when the local share began to increase at the same time the state share decreased. Between 1986–87 and 1993–94, the state share decreased from 49.7 percent to 45.2 percent, while the local share rose from 43.9 percent to 47.8 percent. Between 1993–94 and 2000–01, the state share rose again to 49.7 percent, the highest share since 1986–87, but decreased every school year thereafter until 2005–06, when the state share was 46.5 percent.

Total revenues increased 12 percent between 2001–02 and 2011–12, after adjustment for inflation. Federal revenues increased 44 percent and local revenues increased 17 percent during this time period. Revenues from state sources were 3 percent higher in 2011–12 than in 2001–02. The federal revenue per student was $1,235 in 2011–12, amounting to 10.2 percent of public school revenues.

Table 32. Percentage distribution of revenues for public elementary and secondary schools, by source of funds: Selected years, 1979–80 through 2011–12

Year Federal State Local1
1979–809.846.843.4
1986–876.449.743.9
1989–906.147.146.8
1992–937.045.847.2
1993–947.145.247.8
1994–956.846.846.4
1995–966.647.545.9
1996–976.648.045.4
1997–986.848.444.8
1998–997.148.744.2
1999–20007.349.543.2
2000–017.349.743.0
2001–027.949.242.9
2002–038.548.742.8
2003–049.147.143.9
2004–059.246.944.0
2005–069.146.544.4
2006–078.547.444.1
2007–088.248.343.5
2008–099.646.743.8
2009–1012.743.443.9
2010–1112.544.243.3
2011–1210.245.244.6

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