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Total U.S. K-12 Education Spending Is Projected to Remain Historically High

Created on April 13, 2012

Total U.S. K-12 Education Spending Is Projected to Remain Historically High

Total K–12 spending across federal agencies has roughly doubled since the mid-1970s, and spending will continue at historically high levels.

2012:

$100.9

billion

2010: $50.5 billion

2009:

$115.2

billion

$100

$120 billion

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Note: Figures are adjusted for inflation in 2012 dollars.

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Projected

Source: Office of Management and Budget, Historical Tables, Table 5.1 Budget Authority by Function and Subfunction: 1976–2017, at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Historicals (accessed March 16, 2012).