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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 2015-16
School year Total expenditures Current expenditures for public elementary and secondary education Current expenditures for other programs1 Capital outlay2 Interest on school debt
Total Admini- stration Instruction Plant operation Plant main- tenance Fixed charges Other school services3
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
2000-01 410,811,185 348,360,841 26,689,182 5 214,333,003 5 34,034,158 5 (4 ) --- 73,304,498 5 6,063,700 46,220,704 10,165,940
                               
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
                               
2010-11 604,355,852 527,291,339 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
2011-12 601,993,584 527,207,246 39,491,926 5 320,994,474 5 49,834,165 5 (4 ) --- 116,886,681 5 8,188,640 48,793,436 17,804,262
2012-13 606,813,352 535,795,823 40,349,598 5 325,682,380 5 50,674,499 5 (4 ) --- 119,089,346 5 8,031,416 45,720,570 17,265,542
2013-14 625,018,277 553,501,209 41,538,042 5 336,426,927 5 53,051,141 5 (4 ) --- 122,485,100 5 7,926,285 46,438,323 17,152,459
2014-15 651,135,383 575,331,825 43,328,198 5 349,453,258 5 54,200,172 5 (4 ) --- 128,350,197 5 7,713,966 50,610,125 17,479,466
2015-16 677,541,010 596,135,643 45,247,664 5 363,047,760 5 55,045,308 5 (4 ) --- 132,794,911 5 7,913,839 55,989,047 17,502,481
  Amounts in thousands of constant 2017-18 dollars6
1919-20 $13,490,188 $11,211,369 $478,493   $8,235,575   $1,506,450   $396,210 $120,899 $473,741   $42,665 $1,999,056 $237,111
1929-30 33,583,913 26,723,911 1,140,536   19,101,614   3,132,154   1,142,420 728,708 1,478,478   142,422 5,376,203 1,341,391
1939-40 41,618,569 34,476,624 1,625,842   24,915,313   3,450,949   1,301,814 889,809 2,292,897   237,331 4,580,326 2,324,288
1949-50 61,160,791 49,108,403 2,305,457   32,607,882   4,479,815   2,243,789 2,739,402 4,732,058   373,127 10,625,488 1,053,752
1959-60 131,846,791 104,116,044 4,462,164   70,518,164   9,162,633   3,568,546 7,678,817 8,725,721   1,119,459 22,477,566 4,133,722
                               
1969-70 267,230,086 224,760,301 10,553,293   152,850,595   16,666,034   6,403,924 21,458,843 16,827,613   4,176,287 30,603,227 7,690,310
1979-80 306,706,662 278,013,567 13,627,568   170,219,866   31,145,705   (4 ) 37,695,074 25,325,354   1,909,966 20,794,626 5,988,500
1989-90 415,779,963 367,825,146 31,944,190 5 221,892,560 5 39,593,494 5 (4 ) --- 74,394,903 5 5,828,285 34,747,102 7,379,432
1999-2000 559,648,264 474,713,276 36,757,944 5 293,087,058 5 45,714,641 5 (4 ) --- 99,153,631 5 7,998,177 63,547,275 13,389,537
2000-01 582,167,867 493,668,371 37,821,716 5 303,735,126 5 48,230,414 5 (4 ) --- 103,881,113 5 8,592,978 65,500,185 14,406,334
                               
2005-06 658,705,965 560,028,360 42,640,837 5 341,356,295 5 55,255,561 5 (4 ) --- 120,775,667 5 9,246,588 71,542,089 17,888,928
2006-07 683,337,490 579,558,934 44,017,228 5 353,314,370 5 56,919,689 5 (4 ) --- 125,307,647 5 9,485,927 76,409,390 17,883,239
2007-08 700,083,445 594,095,255 44,776,347 5 361,272,102 5 57,855,663 5 (4 ) --- 130,191,143 5 9,737,089 77,855,154 18,395,947
2008-09 705,483,843 599,829,724 44,862,520 5 365,356,062 5 58,441,844 5 (4 ) --- 131,169,298 5 9,783,410 76,163,540 19,707,168
2009-10 694,936,308 600,712,825 44,617,344 5 367,736,619 5 57,269,176 5 (4 ) --- 131,089,686 5 9,565,975 64,929,356 19,728,152
                               
2010-11 678,268,736 591,779,212 43,943,480 5 361,983,344 5 56,355,982 5 (4 ) --- 129,496,407 5 9,159,624 57,202,315 20,127,585
2011-12 656,385,033 574,841,584 43,060,109 5 349,997,034 5 54,336,791 5 (4 ) --- 127,447,651 5 8,928,501 53,202,031 19,412,917
2012-13 650,809,890 574,643,290 43,275,115 5 349,295,732 5 54,348,615 5 (4 ) --- 127,723,828 5 8,613,728 49,035,505 18,517,367
2013-14 660,024,365 584,501,762 43,864,509 5 355,269,561 5 56,022,434 5 (4 ) --- 129,345,258 5 8,370,222 49,039,246 18,113,135
2014-15 682,633,369 603,162,894 45,424,154 5 366,357,691 5 56,822,048 5 (4 ) --- 134,559,002 5 8,087,121 53,058,336 18,325,017
2015-16 705,558,501 620,786,882 47,118,733 5 378,060,412 5 57,321,527 5 (4 ) --- 138,286,210 5 8,241,090 58,304,291 18,226,238
  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
2000-01 100.0 84.8 6.5 5 52.2 5 8.3 5 (4 ) --- 17.8 5 1.5 11.3 2.5
                               
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
                               
2010-11 100.0 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 3.0
2012-13 100.0 88.3 6.6 5 53.7 5 8.4 5 (4 ) --- 19.6 5 1.3 7.5 2.8
2013-14 100.0 88.6 6.6 5 53.8 5 8.5 5 (4 ) --- 19.6 5 1.3 7.4 2.7
2014-15 100.0 88.4 6.7 5 53.7 5 8.3 5 (4 ) --- 19.7 5 1.2 7.8 2.7
2015-16 100.0 88.0 6.7 5 53.6 5 8.1 5 (4 ) --- 19.6 5 1.2 8.3 2.6
---Not available.
1 Includes expenditures for summer schools, adult education, community colleges, and community services.
2 Prior to 1969-70, excludes capital outlay by state and local school housing authorities.
3 Prior to 1959-60, items included under "other school services" were listed under "auxiliary services," a more comprehensive classification that also included community services.
4 Plant operation also includes plant maintenance.
5 Data not comparable to figures prior to 1989-90.
6 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 2015-16. (This table was prepared September 2018.)

2018 Tables and Figures All Years of Tables and Figures Most Recent Full Issue of the Digest