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Table 183. Summary of expenditures for public elementary and secondary education, by purpose: Selected years, 1919-20 through 2007-08
School year Total expenditures Current expenditures for public elementary and secondary education Other cur- rent expen- ditures2 Capital outlay3 Interest on school debt
Total Admini- stration Instruction Plant operation Plant main- tenance Fixed charges Other school services1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  Amounts in thousands of current dollars
1919-20 $1,036,151 $861,120 $36,752   $632,556   $115,707   $30,432 $9,286 $36,387   $3,277 $153,543 $18,212
1929-30 2,316,790 1,843,552 78,680   1,317,727   216,072   78,810 50,270 101,993   9,825 370,878 92,536
1939-40 2,344,049 1,941,799 91,571   1,403,285   194,365   73,321 50,116 129,141   13,367 257,974 130,909
1949-50 5,837,643 4,687,274 220,050   3,112,340   427,587   214,164 261,469 451,663   35,614 1,014,176 100,578
1959-60 15,613,254 12,329,388 528,408   8,350,738   1,085,036   422,586 909,323 1,033,297   132,566 2,661,786 489,514
                               
1969-70 40,683,429 34,217,773 1,606,646   23,270,158   2,537,257   974,941 3,266,920 2,561,856   635,803 4,659,072 1,170,782
1979-80 95,961,561 86,984,142 4,263,757   53,257,937   9,744,785   (4) 11,793,934 7,923,729   597,585 6,506,167 1,873,666
1989-90 212,769,564 188,229,359 16,346,991 5  113,550,405 5  20,261,415 5  (4) 38,070,548 5  2,982,543 17,781,342 3,776,321
1994-95 279,000,318 243,877,582 19,877,848 5  150,556,118 5  24,542,922 5  (4) 48,900,694 5  5,148,505 24,456,100 5,518,131
1999-2000 381,838,155 323,888,508 25,079,298 5  199,968,138 5  31,190,295 5  (4) 67,650,776 5  5,457,015 43,357,186 9,135,445
                               
2000-01 410,811,185 348,360,841 26,689,181 5  214,333,003 5  34,034,158 5  (4) 73,304,498 5  6,063,700 46,220,704 10,165,940
2001-02 435,364,404 368,378,006 28,309,047 5  226,668,386 5  34,829,109 5  (4) 78,571,464 5  6,530,554 49,960,542 10,495,301
2002-03 454,906,912 387,593,617 29,751,958 5  237,731,734 5  36,830,517 5  (4) 83,279,408 5  6,873,762 48,940,374 11,499,160
2003-04 474,241,531 403,390,369 30,864,875 5  247,444,620 5  38,720,429 5  (4) 86,360,444 5  6,927,551 50,842,973 13,080,638
2004-05 499,568,736 425,047,565 32,666,223 5  260,046,266 5  40,926,881 5  (4) 91,408,195 5  7,691,468 53,528,382 13,301,322
                               
2005-06 528,268,772 449,131,342 34,197,083 5  273,760,798 5  44,313,835 5  (4) 96,859,626 5  7,415,575 57,375,299 14,346,556
2006-076  562,194,807 476,814,206 36,213,814 5  290,678,482 5  46,828,916 5  (4) 103,092,995 5  7,804,253 62,863,465 14,712,882
2007-08 596,610,358 506,827,246 38,263,001 5  308,236,203 5  49,360,206 5  (4) 110,967,837 5  8,307,762 65,779,861 15,695,488
  Amounts in thousands of constant 2008-09 dollars
1919-20 $11,670,590 $9,699,145 $413,953   $7,124,735   $1,303,255   $342,768 $104,592 $409,842   $36,910 $1,729,417 $205,129
1929-30 29,054,011 23,119,307 986,697   16,525,130   2,709,679   988,327 630,418 1,279,057   123,212 4,651,045 1,160,460
1939-40 36,004,928 29,826,311 1,406,544   21,554,658   2,985,474   1,126,221 769,789 1,983,624   205,319 3,962,518 2,010,781
1949-50 52,911,235 42,484,510 1,994,489   28,209,631   3,875,563   1,941,140 2,369,903 4,093,784   322,798 9,192,289 911,619
1959-60 114,062,889 90,072,551 3,860,294   61,006,457   7,926,749   3,087,209 6,643,074 7,548,769   968,463 19,445,722 3,576,153
                               
1969-70 231,185,268 194,443,939 9,129,832   132,233,635   14,418,068   5,540,143 18,564,408 14,557,853   3,612,977 26,475,369 6,653,017
1979-80 265,337,122 240,514,239 11,789,439   147,260,086   26,944,676   (4) 32,610,646 21,909,392   1,652,344 17,989,783 5,180,753
1989-90 359,698,280 318,211,756 27,635,459 5  191,963,007 5  34,253,001 5  (4) 64,360,289 5  5,042,148 30,060,306 6,384,072
1994-95 398,181,282 348,055,117 28,369,097 5  214,869,390 5  35,026,957 5  (4) 69,789,673 5  7,347,799 34,903,047 7,875,320
1999-2000 484,161,181 410,682,486 31,799,919 5  253,554,572 5  39,548,509 5  (4) 85,779,483 5  6,919,358 54,975,822 11,583,515
                               
2000-01 503,643,270 427,080,857 32,720,205 5  262,766,396 5  41,724,947 5  (4) 89,869,308 5  7,433,930 56,665,318 12,463,164
2001-02 524,459,304 443,764,513 34,102,336 5  273,054,808 5  41,956,692 5  (4) 94,650,676 5  7,866,996 60,184,689 12,643,106
2002-03 536,217,014 456,872,134 35,069,826 5  280,223,925 5  43,413,606 5  (4) 98,164,776 5  8,102,378 57,687,981 13,554,520
2003-04 547,039,843 465,312,693 35,602,779 5  285,428,537 5  44,664,198 5  (4) 99,617,180 5  7,990,963 58,647,610 15,088,578
2004-05 559,420,455 475,971,142 36,579,858 5  291,201,570 5  45,830,198 5  (4) 102,359,516 5  8,612,958 59,941,445 14,894,910
                               
2005-06 569,857,673 484,490,008 36,889,310 5  295,313,105 5  47,802,520 5  (4) 104,485,073 5  7,999,379 61,892,271 15,476,014
2006-076  591,166,823 501,386,238 38,080,049 5  305,658,238 5  49,242,186 5  (4) 108,405,765 5  8,206,436 66,103,056 15,471,093
2007-08 604,940,842 513,904,087 38,797,268 5  312,540,112 5  50,049,423 5  (4) 112,517,283 5  8,423,764 66,698,347 15,914,645
  Percentage distribution
1919-20 100.0 83.1 3.5   61.0   11.2   2.9 0.9 3.5   0.3 14.8 1.8
1929-30 100.0 79.6 3.4   56.9   9.3   3.4 2.2 4.4   0.4 16.0 4.0
1939-40 100.0 82.8 3.9   59.9   8.3   3.1 2.1 5.5   0.6 11.0 5.6
1949-50 100.0 80.3 3.8   53.3   7.3   3.7 4.5 7.7   0.6 17.4 1.7
1959-60 100.0 79.0 3.4   53.5   6.9   2.7 5.8 6.6   0.8 17.0 3.1
                               
1969-70 100.0 84.1 3.9   57.2   6.2   2.4 8.0 6.3   1.6 11.5 2.9
1979-80 100.0 90.6 4.4   55.5   10.2   (4) 12.3 8.3   0.6 6.8 2.0
1989-90 100.0 88.5 7.7 5  53.4 5  9.5   (4) 17.9 5  1.4 8.4 1.8
1994-95 100.0 87.4 7.1 5  54.0 5  8.8   (4) 17.5 5  1.8 8.8 2.0
1999-2000 100.0 84.8 6.6 5  52.4 5  8.2   (4) 17.7 5  1.4 11.4 2.4
                               
2000-01 100.0 84.8 6.5 5  52.2 5  8.3   (4) 17.8 5  1.5 11.3 2.5
2001-02 100.0 84.6 6.5 5  52.1 5  8.0   (4) 18.0 5  1.5 11.5 2.4
2002-03 100.0 85.2 6.5 5  52.3 5  8.1   (4) 18.3 5  1.5 10.8 2.5
2003-04 100.0 85.1 6.5 5  52.2 5  8.2   (4) 18.2 5  1.5 10.7 2.8
2004-05 100.0 85.1 6.5 5  52.1 5  8.2   (4) 18.3 5  1.5 10.7 2.7
                               
2005-06 100.0 85.0 6.5 5  51.8 5  8.4   (4) 18.3 5  1.4 10.9 2.7
2006-076  100.0 84.8 6.4 5  51.7 5  8.3   (4) 18.3 5  1.4 11.2 2.6
2007-08 100.0 85.0 6.4 5  51.7 5  8.3   (4) 18.6 5  1.4 11.0 2.6
—Not available.
1 Prior to 1959-60, items included under "other school services" were listed under "auxiliary services," a more comprehensive classification that also included community services.
2 Includes expenditures for summer schools, adult education, community colleges, and community services.
3 Prior to 1969-70, excludes capital outlay by state and local school housing authorities.
4 Plant operation also includes plant maintenance.
5 Data not comparable to figures prior to 1989-90.
6 Data have been revised from previously published figures.
NOTE: Beginning in 1959-60, includes Alaska and Hawaii. Beginning in 1989-90, state administration expenditures were excluded from both "total" and "current" expenditures. Beginning in 1989-90, extensive changes were made in the data collection procedures. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Biennial Survey of Education in the United States, 1919-20 through 1949-50; Statistics of State School Systems, 1959-60 and 1969-70; Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education, 1979-80; and Common Core of Data (CCD), "National Public Education Financial Survey," 1989-90 through 2007-08. (This table was prepared August 2010.)

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