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Department of Education Spending Has Risen Steadily

Created on April 13, 2012

Department of Education Spending Has Risen Steadily

Department of Education Spending Has Risen Steadily

Nominal Dollars

Adjusted for Inflation, 2012 Dollars

b2677

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TOTAL (INCLUDING HIGHER EDUCATION)

K–12

department of education spending, fiscal years 1980–2013, in billions

U.S. Department of Education K–12 spending has nearly doubled since the department first began operating in 1980. The agency’s total budget, which includes higher education spending, has also more than doubled, even after adjusting for inflation.

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Sources: Data for FY 1980–FY 2007: U.S. Department of Education, Budget by Major Program, at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/history/index.html (accessed March 16, 2012). Data for FY 2008–FY 2013: U.S. Department of Education, “Fiscal Year 2013 Budget, Summary and Background Information,” at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget13/summary/13summary.pdf (accessed March 16, 2012).