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Table 6.  Unadjusted and inflation-adjusted current expenditures per pupil for public elementary and secondary education in the United States: Fiscal years 19852009
 
Current expenditures1 per pupil
Fiscal year Unadjusted
(in unadjusted dollars)
Inflation-adjusted2
(in 2009 dollars)
1985  $3,222 $6,539
1986  3,479 6,864
1987  3,682 7,105
1988  3,927 7,276
1989  4,307 7,629
     
1990  4,643 7,849
1991  4,902 7,857
1992  5,023 7,802
1993  5,160 7,771
1994  5,327 7,821
     
1995  5,529 7,891
1996  5,689 7,905
1997  5,923 8,001
1998  6,189 8,214
1999  6,508 8,490
     
2000  6,912 8,765
2001  7,380 9,048
2002  7,727 9,308
2003  8,044 9,482
2004  8,310 9,586
     
2005  8,711 9,754
2006  9,145 9,865
2007  9,679 10,178
2008  10,298 10,442
2009  10,591 10,591
1 Include instruction, instruction-related, support services, and other elementary/secondary current expenditures, but exclude expenditures on capital outlay, other programs, and interest on long-term debt.
2 Data have been adjusted to fiscal year 2009 dollars to account for inflation using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjusted to a fiscal year basis (July through June). The CPI is published by the U.S. Labor Department, Bureau of Labor Statistics. This price index measures the average change in inflation of a fixed market basket of goods and services purchased by consumers.
NOTE: Data include the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS)," fiscal years 1985–1986, Version 1a; fiscal years 1987–2001, Version 1b; fiscal year 2002, Version 1c; fiscal years 2003–2008, Version 1b; fiscal year 2009, Version 1a; Digest of Education Statistics: 2009, retrieved February 28, 2011.


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