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In fall 2021, there were 49.4 million students and 3.2 million full-time equivalent teachers in public elementary and secondary schools.

Average of $14,295 per student for current expenditures in public PK–12 schools in 2020–21

19.0 million students attended postsecondary institutions in fall 2021

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