In its 7th annual national report on fairness in school funding, the Education Law Center found that education funding in most states continues to be unfair and inequitable, and deprives millions of U.S. students of the opportunity to succeed in school.
This national report card, using data from the 2015 Census fiscal survey, the most recent available, concludes that there is almost no improvement since the end of the Great Recession in those states that do not provide additional funding to districts with high student poverty. There is also no change in the vast disparities in levels of funding for K-12 education across the states, even after adjusting for cost.
Key findings include:
The report judges states on the basis of four separate but interrelated factors: funding levels (adjusted for a variety of interstate differences), funding distribution (i.e. extra funding for students from poverty backgrounds), funding effort (in relation to the state’s fiscal capacity), and coverage (proportion and income disparities of students attending public versus private schools.)