Is school funding fair?
| Oct 18, 2010
In a report issued by the Education Law Center, school funding in all 50 states has been analyzed based on four “fairness indicators”: funding level, funding distribution, state fiscal effort, and public school coverage. The report says that “fairness depends not only on a sufficient level of funding for all students, but also the provision of additional resources to districts where there are more students with greater needs.”
Overall, the report finds that six states do relatively well on all four indicator, four states are below average on all four indicators, and several states have high levels of education spending, but allocate less funding to higher poverty districts. Most states need improvement in at least one indicator, and many states do poorly on the indicators that are most influenced by policy decisions – state fiscal effort and funding distribution. To read the full report, visit this website.