Public School Expenditures in 2009 Remain the Same as 2008

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Expenditures for each elementary and secondary education pupil in fiscal year 2009 were essentially unchanged from the previous year, accounting for inflation.  The new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences shows that the expenditures averaged $10,591 per pupil in FY 2009. The report looks at data submitted annually by state education agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Other findings from the report showed that, adjusted for inflation, per pupil local and state revenues decreased by 1 percent or more in 16 states, while increasing in 25 states. During the same time period, per pupil current expenditures decreased by 1 percent or more in eight states, and increased by 1 percent or more in 36 states.

The total collected for public elementary and secondary education in FY 2009 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia reported $593.1 billion.

The report showed that the greatest percentage of revenues for schools came from state and local governments, which combined for about 90 percent of all revenues. The Federal Government contributed about 10 percent of revenues.

In addition, the report stated that local revenues increased by 1 percent, federal revenues increased by about 17 percent, with state revenues decreasing by about 3 percent.