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Table 52. -  Public school pupils transported at public expense and current expenditures for transportation: 1929-30 to 1995-96
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          |           |   Pupils transported  |    Expenditures for      |     Expenditures for
          |  Average  |    at public expense  |     transportation       |   transportation (in
          |   daily   |                       |  (in current dollars)    |constant 1995-96 dollars)
  School  |attendance,|_______________________|__________________________|_____________________________
   year   |    all    |              |        |  Total\1\    | Average   |  Total\1\    |    Average
          | students  |     Number   |Percent |   (in        | per pupil |   (in        |    per pupil
          |           |              |of total| thousands)   |transported| thousands)   |   transported
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    1     |     2     |        3     |   4    |        5     |     6     |        7     |        8
__________|___________|______________|________|______________|___________|______________|______________
1929-30 ..|21,265,000 |    1,902,826 |    8.9 |      $54,823 |       $29 |     $494,839 |         $260
1931-32 ..|22,245,000 |    2,419,173 |   10.9 |       58,078 |        24 |      622,394 |          257
1933-34 ..|22,458,000 |    2,794,724 |   12.4 |       53,908 |        19 |      628,967 |          225
1935-36 ..|22,299,000 |    3,250,658 |   14.6 |       62,653 |        19 |      704,402 |          217
1937-38 ..|22,298,000 |    3,769,242 |   16.9 |       75,637 |        20 |      815,771 |          216
          |           |              |        |              |           |              |
1939-40 ..|22,042,000 |    4,144,161 |   18.8 |       83,283 |        20 |      920,732 |          222
1941-42 ..|21,031,000 |    4,503,081 |   21.4 |       92,922 |        21 |      920,757 |          204
1943-44 ..|19,603,000 |    4,512,412 |   23.0 |      107,754 |        24 |      955,408 |          212
1945-46 ..|19,849,000 |    5,056,966 |   25.5 |      129,756 |        26 |    1,098,964 |          217
1947-48 ..|20,910,000 |    5,854,041 |   28.0 |      176,265 |        30 |    1,168,796 |          200
          |           |              |        |              |           |              |
1949-50 ..|22,284,000 |    6,947,384 |   31.2 |      214,504 |        31 |    1,399,353 |          201
1951-52 ..|23,257,000 |    7,697,130 |   33.1 |      268,827 |        35 |    1,580,252 |          205
1953-54 ..|25,643,871 |    8,411,719 |   32.8 |      307,437 |        37 |    1,766,288 |          210
1955-56 ..|27,740,149 |    9,695,819 |   35.0 |      353,972 |        37 |    2,034,322 |          210
1957-58 ..|29,722,275 |   10,861,689 |   36.5 |      416,491 |        38 |    2,253,234 |          207
          |           |              |        |              |           |              |
1959-60 ..|32,477,440 |   12,225,142 |   37.6 |      486,338 |        40 |    2,557,234 |          209
1961-62 ..|34,682,340 |   13,222,667 |   38.1 |      576,361 |        44 |    2,962,532 |          224
1963-64 ..|37,405,058 |   14,475,778 |   38.7 |      673,845 |        47 |    3,375,561 |          233
1965-66 ..|39,154,497 |   15,536,567 |   39.7 |      787,358 |        51 |    3,812,424 |          245
1967-68 ..|40,827,965 |   17,130,873 |   42.0 |      981,006 |        57 |    4,456,758 |          260
          |           |              |        |              |           |              |
1969-70 ..|41,934,376 |   18,198,577 |   43.4 |    1,218,557 |        67 |    4,983,906 |          274
1971-72 ..|42,254,272 |   19,474,355 |   46.1 |    1,507,830 |        77 |    5,661,233 |          291
1973-74 ..|41,438,054 |   21,347,039 |   51.5 |    1,858,141 |        87 |    6,157,272 |          288
1975-76 ..|41,269,720 |   21,772,483 |   52.8 |    2,377,313 |       109 |    6,622,937 |          304
1977-78 ..|40,079,590 |\2\21,800,000 |   54.4 |    2,731,041 |       125 |    6,736,797 |\2\       309
          |           |              |        |              |           |              |
1979-80 ..|38,288,911 |   21,713,515 |   56.7 |    3,833,145 |       177 |    7,628,469 |          351
1980-81 ..|37,703,744 |\2\22,272,000 |   59.1 |\2\ 4,408,000 |       198 |\2\ 7,862,000 |\2\       353
1981-82 ..|37,094,652 |\2\22,246,000 |   60.0 |\2\ 4,793,000 |       215 |\2\ 7,869,000 |\2\       354
1982-83 ..|36,635,868 |\2\22,199,000 |   60.6 |\2\ 5,000,000 |       225 |\2\ 7,871,000 |\2\       355
1983-84 ..|36,362,978 |\2\22,031,000 |   60.6 |\2\ 5,284,000 |       240 |\2\ 8,021,000 |\2\       364
          |           |              |        |              |           |              |
1984-85 ..|36,404,261 |\2\22,320,000 |   61.3 |\2\ 5,722,000 |       256 |\2\ 8,358,000 |\2\       374
1985-86 ..|36,523,103 |\2\22,041,000 |   60.3 |\2\ 6,123,000 |       278 |\2\ 8,694,000 |\2\       394
1986-87 ..|36,863,867 |\2\22,397,000 |   60.8 |\2\ 6,551,000 |       292 |\2\ 9,099,000 |\2\       406
1987-88 ..|37,050,707 |\2\22,158,000 |   59.8 |\2\ 6,888,000 |       311 |\2\ 9,187,000 |\2\       415
1988-89 ..|37,268,072 |\2\22,635,000 |   60.7 |\2\ 7,550,000 |       334 |\2\ 9,625,000 |\2\       425
          |           |              |        |              |           |              |
1989-90 ..|37,799,296 |\2\22,459,000 |   59.4 |    8,030,990 |       358 |    9,771,908 |\2\       435
1990-91 ..|38,426,543 |\2\22,000,000 |   57.3 |    8,678,954 |       394 |   10,012,907 |\2\       455
1991-92 ..|38,960,783 |\2\23,165,000 |   59.5 |    8,769,754 |       379 |    9,803,535 |\2\       423
1992-93 ..|39,570,462 |\2\23,439,000 |   59.2 |    9,252,300 |       395 |   10,029,682 |\2\       428
1993-94 ..|40,146,393 |\2\23,858,000 |   59.4 |    9,627,155 |       404 |   10,172,521 |\2\       426
          |           |              |        |              |           |              |
1994-95 ..|40,720,763 |\2\23,693,000 |   58.2 |    9,889,034 |       417 |   10,158,075 |\2\       429
1995-96 ..|41,501,596 |\2\24,155,000 |   58.2 |   10,394,695 |       430 |   10,394,695 |\2\       430
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\1\Excludes capital outlay for years through 1979-80, and 1989-90 to 1995-96. From 1980-81 to 1988-89 total transportation figures include capital outlay.
\2\Estimate based on data appearing in January issues of School Bus Fleet.

NOTE.--Constant dollars are adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index computed on a school year basis. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Statistics of State School Systems; Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education, and unpublished data; and Bobit Publishing Co., School Bus Fleet, January issues. (This table was prepared September 1998.)


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