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Class is Now in Session

Today’s post is from our new business blogger-Ellen Terrell.  I will be publishing her posts until her account is set up.

Elementary school children standing and watching teacher write at blackboard, Washington, D.C (1899?)

It’s “that time of year” again.  The time of year that either delights or bums out kids all over the country–the beginning of the school year.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has projected that for the 2010 school year there will be roughly 56 million students enrolled  in K-12* who will be taught by over 3 million teachers.**  All of those students will need to gear up for the new year with clothes, school supplies, and other essentials.  While there are no figures for 2010 yet, last year’s (Aug., 2009) back to school spending is estimated at roughly $7.2 million (Census’ Facts for Features uses the August’s Monthly Retail Trade data for spending on back to school).***

If you want to know more, the NCES’s annual Digest of Education Statistics has an abundance of education-related  statistics, while the Department of Agriculture’s “School Meals” section has statistics and information on school meals. Also, USA.gov has a Back to School area for students, parents, and educators.

Here at the Library, there is a place for teachers that includes classroom materials and professional development.

*Table 214, 2010 Statistical Abstract

** Table 216, 2010 Statistical Abstract

*** Class is Now in Session, Facts for Features, Back to School 2010-2011

3 Comments

  1. chris
    August 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    thats the way school was taught

  2. Anthony Coleman
    August 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Yes my wife and I just finished up with clothes, school supplies, and other essentials on tax free day…What a crowed!! Based on the crowed of buyer just in the Dallas area alone, I can see school supply spending for 2010 eclipsing the 2009 school supply spending by 3 million.

  3. Zandra Beachman
    May 3, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    This is good,thanks for your share.

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