Sunday, August 20, 2000

Education in the Tristate by the numbers:


        • There are more than 304,000 Tristate students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

        • Just over 17 percent of those students attend private schools, where the average tuition is $3,200 a year.

        • Preschool programs serve 35,088 children; colleges are educating 116,667 young adults.

        School buildings

        • To serve the growing population, another 2,400 schools will be needed by 2003.

        • There are already 95,000 schools in the nation. Many of them are in disrepair.

        • The federal government estimates the nation's schools need $127 billion in repairs.

        • Cincinnati's schools need an estimated $700 million in repairs.

        • Construction of new and re modeled schools accounts for 20 percent of all architecture firm receipts, according to the American Institute of Architects.

        School lunches

        • The average price for a school lunch is $1.30 in grade school and $1.49 in high school, according to the American School Food Service Association.

        • The nation's school-lunch program started in 1946 and serves more than 25 million meals a year.

        • Pizza is students' favorite food. In Boone County schools, so much pizza is served in one day that if you laid all 11,000 of the 6-inch personal pizzas end-to-end, they would equal the length of 18.3 football fields.

        • U.S. students get about 30 minutes to eat lunch, including time spent in line waiting for food, according to a study conducted by Texas Tech University.


        • Sales of educational texts account for $3.42 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers. College book sales generate $3.1 billion.


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