Published Online: September 1, 2009
Published in Print: September 2, 2009, as The New School Year, By the Numbers

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The New School Year, By the Numbers

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As the 2009-10 school year opens, the U.S. Census Bureau offers statistical snapshots of the nation’s school population, based on projections from several data bases.

56 million
Number of K-12 students expected to enroll this fall.

11%
Private schools’ share of the elementary to high school enrollment.

42%
Minority makeup of the elementary to high school population, as of 2007.

10.9 million
Number of children ages 5 to 17 who speak a language other than English at home.

31 million
Average number of children each month in the national school lunch program in 2008.

98,793
Number of public schools in the 2006-07 school year.

3,970
Number of public charter schools, 2006-07.

$50,758
National average teacher’s salary, 2006-07.

14.2 million
Number of classroom computers as of the 2005-06 school year.

$9,666
Average per-pupil spending on public elementary and secondary education nationally in 2007.

Vol. 29, Issue 02, Page 4

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