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Attention: Given the impact of COVID-19, many metrics are unavailable or not comparable to prior data.

This website hosts only historical data from 2018, 2019, and 2020. Current 2021 DC School Report Card data and additional data and resources can be accessed here

Explore data related to per-pupil expenditures

This page displays the details of the local education agency's (LEA) per-pupil expenditures, including funding sources and comparisons of LEA and DC expenditures. This information enables you to view the types of expenditures, where the funds are from, and how it compares to others.

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2020 Total expenditures

$20,887 per pupil

Per-pupil amount is calculated by dividing the total school expenditures by 51,036 students (which is the October enrollment audit count of public school students).

  • Total school expenditures $1,065,989,477
  • Total excluded expenditures $3,681,996

Excluded expenditures include: debt service, capital expenditures, construction and capital improvements, community service operations, and expenditures sourced from private funds (such as parent fees and corporate or charitable donations.) These are not included in the per-pupil expenditure calculation because they are considered outside of the day-to-day operation of the school.

  • 2020 Total expenditures $1,069,671,473

The sum of total school and excluded expenditures is the total amount of money the LEA spent for the fiscal year.

Per-pupil expenditures by funding source

Details are provided about the funding sources for per-pupil expenditures. State/local sources represent revenue received directly from DC, including local grants and per-pupil funding. Federal sources include federal revenue, such as Title I funds and IDEA funding. Per-pupil expenditures are displayed compared to the LEA and DC average.

  • State/local

  • Federal

LEA $20887
State/local $18504 89%
Federal $2383 11%
State $21215
State/local $19130 90%
Federal $2085 10%

Per-pupil expenditure by type

Details are provided about the distribution of expenditures between school-level and centralized. School-level expenditures include spending on teacher and administrative salaries, books, supplies, and business costs. Centralized expenditures include the portion of spending at the LEA's central office that are allocated to the school.

  • School-level expenditures

  • School share of centralized expenditures

School-level expenditures $1468970%
State/local $13797
Federal $892
School share of centralized expenditures $619830%
State/local $4707
Federal $1491
Total $20887
School-level expendituresSchool share of centralized expendituresTotal

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