How much money does the federal government spend on education?

  1. JSimple profile image73
    JSimpleposted 6 years ago

    How much money does the federal government spend on education?

    How many billions do we spend on Education compared to military/wars?  Just wondering if we can easily approve money to fight a war, can we just as easily spend money on education?

  2. Doc Snow profile image96
    Doc Snowposted 6 years ago

    According to the DOE, their annual spending on education is just over $68 billion; but education is primarily a state responsibility, and that is a "small fraction" of the total outlay.

    More on their webpage:

    By contrast, Department of Defense spending was around $861 billion in FY 2011, or about 22% of the Federal budget. … -analysis/

  3. Lions Den Media profile image59
    Lions Den Mediaposted 6 years ago

    The federal government spends approximately $72 billion on education, whereas defense is spending for 2012 is approx $600 billion.

    The problems with comparing defense and education spending are numerous. First of all, the Constitution of the United States mandates the government spend on the common defense. The spending on education is a "State's Rights" issue. The proof of this is that the Department of Education did not exist until 1979 under Jimmy Carter. Prior to that each State paid for education or more accurately each town. You know those "school taxes" that are paid.

    The second problem is that there is an ASSUMPTION that claims -- money equals education. The reality is that education standards in the US have declined as more money is spent on education. Whereupon, the US is now ranked 25th in math. This is not about spending money, it is about the quality of the student with respect to their character.