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Question:
What percentage of students are transported at public expense and how much does the public spend on transportation on a per-pupil basis?

Response:

The expenditure for public school student transportation was $933 per student transported in 201314 (in unadjusted dollars), and 55 percent of students were transported at public expense in 200708.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2017). Digest of Education Statistics, 2016 (NCES 2017-094), Chapter 2.

Students transported at public expense and current expenditures for transportation: Selected years, 1980–81 to 2013–14
School year Students transported at public expense (number) Students transported at public expense (percent of total) Expenditures for transportation (in thousands)1
[In unadjusted dollars]
Average expenditure per student transported
[In unadjusted dollars]
Expenditures for transportation (in thousands)1
[In constant 2015–16 dollars]
Average expenditure per student transported
[In constant 2015–16 dollars]
1980–81 22,272,000 59.1 $4,408,000 $198 $12,124,913 $544
1990–91 22,000,000 57.3 8,678,954 394 15,442,300 702
1999–2000 24,951,000 57.0 13,007,625 521 18,308,042 734
2000–01 24,471,000 55.5 14,052,654 574 19,123,719 781
2001–02 24,529,000 55.0 14,799,365 603 19,789,517 807
2002–03 24,621,000 54.7 15,648,821 636 20,475,423 832
2003–04 25,159,000 55.5 16,348,784 650 20,933,317 832
2004–05 25,318,000 55.5 17,459,659 690 21,702,615 857
2005–06 25,252,000 55.0 18,850,234 746 22,571,552 894
2006–07 25,285,000 54.8 19,979,068 790 23,320,168 922
2007–08 25,221,000 54.6 21,536,978 854 24,240,418 961
2008–09 21,679,876 860 24,065,230 955
2009–10 21,819,304 870 23,987,895 957
2010–11 22,370,807 888 24,594,211 977
2011–12 22,926,700 905 24,709,197 975
2012–13 23,237,941 914 24,331,701 957
2013–14 23,845,024 933 24,558,667 961

— Not available.
1 Excludes capital outlay for all years except 1980–81.
NOTE: The number of students transported was estimated based on data in January issues of School Bus Fleet for 1980–81 to 2000–01, and for average expenditure per student transported for 1980–81. Estimates for the number of students transported for 2001–02 through 2007–08 were based on data reported by School Transportation News. 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. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2016). Digest of Education Statistics, 2016 (NCES 2017-094), Table 236.90.

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