In spite of research showing that school funding leads to better outcomes for students during their school years and afterward, a new report finds dramatic unevenness among education funding across states. New York and Alaska, for example, spend more than 2.5 times what Arizona and Idaho spend. There’s been no improvement since the end of the “great recession” in those states that don’t provide additional funding to districts with high student poverty.
The details are shared in the seventh annual edition of the Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card, a joint project of the Education Law Center and Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education.