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Expenditures and Revenues, Current Trends of

Many factors, including changes in enrollment and in state and federal policy, have caused shifts in recent years in the revenues (income) and the expenditures (disbursement of revenues) in public education in the United States. This entry covers assessments of current trends in student enrollment, expenditures, and revenues in education relative to K-12 public schools and institutions of higher education in the United States and strategies that schools are using to constrain spending and improve operational efficiency. Student enrollment is one of the multiple factors that schools consider, in conjunction with expenditure and revenue trends, when making funding decisions for educational programs. Unless otherwise indicated, the expenditure and revenue figures in this entry are presented using constant dollars per pupil for K-12 and per full-time-equivalent ...

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