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The Facts on School Finance

June 19, 2017
  • How Much is Spent Per Public School Student?

    The United States spends about $11,000 each year, on average, to educate each public K-12 school student, according to the most recently available government information. That’s a 27% increase in inflation adjusted dollars from two decades before. 


    Public Education Finances 2014 (US Census Bureau): p. 11, Table 11: States Ranked According to Per Pupil Public Elementary-Secondary School System Finance Amounts: FY 2014 (Released June 2016)

    NCES: Table 236.15. Current expenditures and current expenditures per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools 1989 – 1990 through 2025-26