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A breakdown of average per-pupil spending by category in nine selected districts in 1967, 1991, and 1996.

Program Area* 1967 1991 1996
Regular education 80.1% 58.5% 56.8%
Special education 3.6 17.8 19.0
Food services 1.9 3.3 4.8
Compensatory education 5.0 4.2 3.5
Pupil support (attendance and counseling) 2.1 3.5 3.2
Transportation (regular education) 3.6 3.3 3.1
Vocational education 1.4 2.8 2.7
Bilingual education 0.3 1.9 2.5
Desegregation 0.0 1.9 1.5
Regular health and psychological services 1.4 1.0 1.1
After-school athletics 0.4 0.7 0.6
"At risk" youth education, alternative education 0.1 0.6 0.6
Security and violence prevention 0.1 0.5 0.6
Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
*Programs listed in order of 1996 share of total per-pupil spending.

SOURCE: Economic Policy Institute.



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