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This NebGuide describes the costs and characteristics of Nebraska's public education system.
Providing public education traditionally has been one of the most important functions of government. During the 1990-91 school year, education expenditures by all levels of government in the United States approximated $330 billion, or about 18 percent of total public expenditures. In a narrower sense, state and local governments committed just over one-third of their budgets to education, and for local governments alone (primarily local school districts), about 43 percent of all spending went for education.