For a brief moment, Ohio ranked near the top among states for its funding of students in poverty. In February, the respected Education Trust issued a report showing the state second only to Utah. Ohio landed first for equity in the funding of schools with high percentages of minority students. A time for celebration, the state at the front in expanding opportunity to the economically disadvantaged? More like head-scratching as those who follow school funding asked with good reason: How did that happen? Among the puzzled was Howard Fleeter of the Ohio Education Policy Institute. He knows school funding here as well as anyone. He has spent the past several years examining what the numbers reveal about the impact of poverty on learning. Fleeter plunged into the Education Trust analysis. What did he find?