Many states shortchange disadvantaged students on education funding

Oct. 14, 2010
Report says schools with high numbers of struggling students should receive more money

News release: A report on school finance systems in the nation’s 50 states concludes that six states do relatively well on four key indicators--funding level, funding distribution, state fiscal effort, and public school coverage. The report from the Education Law Center, “Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card” says that many states do not fairly allocate education funding to address the needs of their most disadvantaged students, and the schools serving high numbers of those students. The six states that scored well are New Jersey, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont and Wyoming. Four states were below average on all four indicators: Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri and North Carolina.
See the entire report (PDF file).

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