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Cost of Education

Cost of education is defined as the minimum amount of money school districts are required to spend to meet educational goals. One simple way to measure the cost of education is to quantify the amount spent by a government to educate its citizens. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that during the 2008–2009 school year, government spending on primary and secondary students averaged $10,591 per pupil within the United States, not including expenditures on capital or interest on school debt. Approximately 80% of this amount went to pay for the salaries and benefits of teachers, administrators, and other individuals directly employed by school districts. Of this amount, the substantial majority reflected the salaries and benefits of teachers.

This current level of spending reflects a ...

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