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