Study Challenges States on 'Fairness' of Funding
A new study finds that many states fall short in the “fairness” of their school funding models, measured not just by the amount of money they provide to education, but also by whether they direct sufficient resources to the poorest schools.
The study, based on a detailed analysis of prerecession data, was released last week by the Education Law Center , a Newark, N.J.-based organization that advocates for equal opportunities and funding for public school students through research, policy development, and legal action.
About four-fifths of the states evaluated by the authors received a “C” grade or lower on the extent to which they “progressively” fund education—or channel greater resources to poorer,...
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