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Table 236.10. Summary of expenditures for public elementary and secondary education and other related programs, by purpose: Selected years, 1919-20 through 2011-12
School year Total expenditures Current expenditures for public elementary and secondary education Current expenditures for other programs2 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
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
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
2006-07 562,194,807 476,814,206 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
                               
2007-08 597,313,726 506,884,219 38,203,341 5  308,238,664 5  49,362,661 5  (4) 111,079,554 5  8,307,720 66,426,299 15,695,488
2008-09 610,326,007 518,922,842 38,811,325 5  316,075,710 5  50,559,027 5  (4) 113,476,779 5  8,463,793 65,890,367 17,049,004
2009-10 607,018,292 524,715,242 38,972,700 5  321,213,401 5  50,023,919 5  (4) 114,505,223 5  8,355,761 56,714,992 17,232,297
2010-116 604,355,852 527,291,339 39,154,833 5  322,536,983 5  50,214,709 5  (4) 115,384,813 5  8,161,474 50,968,815 17,934,224
2011-12 601,766,981 527,096,473 39,490,207 5  320,952,573 5  49,833,706 5  (4) 116,819,988 5  8,195,907 48,773,386 17,701,216
  Amounts in thousands of constant 2013-14 dollars7 
1919-20 $12,774,701 $10,616,745 $453,115   $7,798,780   $1,426,551   $375,196 $114,487 $448,615   $40,402 $1,893,031 $224,536
1929-30 31,802,704 25,306,540 1,080,045   18,088,511   2,966,032   1,081,829 690,059 1,400,064   134,868 5,091,063 1,270,247
1939-40 39,411,221 32,648,068 1,539,612   23,593,865   3,267,919   1,232,769 842,616 2,171,288   224,744 4,337,397 2,201,014
1949-50 57,916,971 46,503,812 2,183,181   30,878,439   4,242,216   2,124,784 2,594,111 4,481,081   353,337 10,061,938 997,864
1959-60 124,853,958 98,593,982 4,225,502   66,778,052   8,676,669   3,379,279 7,271,551 8,262,930   1,060,086 21,285,410 3,914,479
                               
1969-70 253,056,852 212,839,561 9,993,572   144,743,771   15,782,108   6,064,275 20,320,718 15,935,117   3,954,787 28,980,106 7,282,435
1979-80 290,439,686 263,268,403 12,904,795   161,191,818   29,493,813   (4) 35,695,819 23,982,158   1,808,666 19,691,729 5,670,885
1989-90 393,728,005 348,316,594 30,249,948 5  210,123,918 5  37,493,551 5  (4) 70,449,178 5  5,519,167 32,904,200 6,988,045
1999-2000 529,965,880 449,535,638 34,808,392 5  277,542,433 5  43,290,048 5  (4) 93,894,763 5  7,573,973 60,176,882 12,679,389
2001-02 574,076,461 485,747,433 37,328,632 5  298,887,514 5  45,926,059 5  (4) 103,605,227 5  8,611,263 65,878,540 13,839,224
                               
2002-03 586,946,523 500,095,118 38,387,653 5  306,734,875 5  47,520,807 5  (4) 107,451,783 5  8,868,914 63,145,628 14,836,863
2003-04 598,793,261 509,334,207 38,971,027 5  312,431,875 5  48,889,712 5  (4) 109,041,593 5  8,746,958 64,196,043 16,516,052
2004-05 612,345,156 521,001,013 40,040,543 5  318,751,074 5  50,166,024 5  (4) 112,043,372 5  9,427,798 65,612,283 16,304,062
2005-06 623,769,801 530,325,817 40,379,271 5  323,251,587 5  52,324,940 5  (4) 114,370,019 5  8,756,171 67,747,670 16,940,142
2006-07 647,094,931 548,820,537 41,682,661 5  334,575,435 5  53,900,807 5  (4) 118,661,634 5  8,982,817 72,356,822 16,934,756
                               
2007-08 662,952,721 562,585,887 42,401,518 5  342,111,108 5  54,787,139 5  (4) 123,286,121 5  9,220,658 73,725,906 17,420,270
2008-09 668,066,694 568,016,214 42,483,121 5  345,978,464 5  55,342,230 5  (4) 124,212,398 5  9,264,522 72,124,011 18,661,948
2009-10 658,078,575 568,852,477 42,250,949 5  348,232,763 5  54,231,758 5  (4) 124,137,007 5  9,058,619 61,485,661 18,681,818
2010-116 642,295,011 560,392,681 41,612,824 5  342,784,627 5  53,366,998 5  (4) 122,628,232 5  8,673,820 54,168,443 19,060,067
2011-12 621,337,994 544,239,008 40,774,530 5  331,390,777 5  51,454,426 5  (4) 120,619,275 5  8,462,459 50,359,622 18,276,905
  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 5  (4) 17.9 5  1.4 8.4 1.8
1999-2000 100.0 84.8 6.6 5  52.4 5  8.2 5  (4) 17.7 5  1.4 11.4 2.4
2001-02 100.0 84.6 6.5 5  52.1 5  8.0 5  (4) 18.0 5  1.5 11.5 2.4
                               
2002-03 100.0 85.2 6.5 5  52.3 5  8.1 5  (4) 18.3 5  1.5 10.8 2.5
2003-04 100.0 85.1 6.5 5  52.2 5  8.2 5  (4) 18.2 5  1.5 10.7 2.8
2004-05 100.0 85.1 6.5 5  52.1 5  8.2 5  (4) 18.3 5  1.5 10.7 2.7
2005-06 100.0 85.0 6.5 5  51.8 5  8.4 5  (4) 18.3 5  1.4 10.9 2.7
2006-07 100.0 84.8 6.4 5  51.7 5  8.3 5  (4) 18.3 5  1.4 11.2 2.6
                               
2007-08 100.0 84.9 6.4 5  51.6 5  8.3 5  (4) 18.6 5  1.4 11.1 2.6
2008-09 100.0 85.0 6.4 5  51.8 5  8.3 5  (4) 18.6 5  1.4 10.8 2.8
2009-10 100.0 86.4 6.4 5  52.9 5  8.2 5  (4) 18.9 5  1.4 9.3 2.8
2010-116 100.0 87.2 6.5 5  53.4 5  8.3 5  (4) 19.1 5  1.4 8.4 3.0
2011-12 100.0 87.6 6.6 5  53.3 5  8.3 5  (4) 19.4 5  1.4 8.1 2.9
—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.
7 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.
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 2011-12. (This table was prepared July 2014.)

2014 Tables and Figures All Years of Tables and Figures Most Recent Full Issue of the Digest