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In fall 2021, about 49.5 million students were enrolled in public schools in prekindergarten through grade 12, compared to 49.4 million in fall 2020.

Estimated $682 billion in current expenditures for public PK–12 schools in 2019–20

19.4 million students attended postsecondary institutions in fall 2020

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