The NCES has released some statistics about the Nation’s education systems:
- Public school systems will employ about 3.3 million teachers this fall, resulting in a pupil/teacher ratio of 15.3, which is lower than in 1999, when the ratio was 16.1. Approximately 0.5 million teachers will be working in private schools this fall, where the pupil/teacher ratio is estimated at 12.8 (source).
- Current expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools will be about $540 billion for the 2010-11 school year. The national average current expenditure per student is projected at $10,792, up from $10,297 in actual expenditures in 2007-08 (source and source).
- In fall 2010, a record 19.1 million students are expected to attend the Nationâ€™s 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, an increase of about 3.8 million since fall 2000 (source).
- For the 2008-09 academic year, annual prices for undergraduate tuition, room, and board were estimated to be $12,283 at public institutions (including $4,544 for in-state tuition) and $31,233 at private institutions (source) .
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