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Since 2000, spending per public school student increased 22% to $12,000, adjusting for inflation.

State and local governments direct 99.7% of K-12 spending.


Two-thirds of 8th graders are not proficient in math and reading.

Nearly four out of five Black and Hispanic 8th graders are not proficient in these areas.


Two out of three high school graduates attend college.

Sixty percent of students at four-year colleges graduate within six years, and 32% of students at two-year colleges graduate within four years.


College tuition averaged $23,835 in 2016, nearly double the cost in 1993, adjusting for inflation.

Government and institutions awarded students an average of $11,810 in grant aid in 2016, also almost twice the 1993 average, adjusting for inflation.


People with a bachelor’s degree earn 64% more than those with just a high school diploma.


More than a third of the adult population has a bachelor’s degree or higher.

That is 72% higher than in 1990.

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