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The Money Behind Back-to-School

As millions of students head back to school this fall, billions of dollars will be spent both to prepare them for classes and to educate them.

Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau highlighted some major education-related statistics to help people understand the size and scope of the education system in the U.S. With billions of dollars in both consumer and government spending directed towards education each year, the education economy—from kindergarten through graduate school—is a significant, and growing, portion of the country’s economy.

So, what are the big numbers in the education system? Click ahead to find out.

By Paul Toscano
Posted 1 Sept 2011

Photo: Getty Images