Quality Counts 2019: School Finance

How much does money really matter in the quest for educational quality?

And if it matters so much, as supporters of higher spending argue, why do taxpayers and the public seem to flinch when they’re confronted with the tab?

This second installment of Quality Counts 2019 examines that question and more. The Education Week Research Center and school finance reporter Daarel Burnette II dig into the policy and political debates over K-12 funding, and tally how the nation and the states stack up, complete with scores, rankings, A-F grades, and expert analysis.

To catch up on the first installment of Quality Counts 2019, which measured how the nation and states fared on Quality Counts' "Chance for Success Index," click here.

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The second installment of Education Week’s annual Quality Counts series examines how much the nation and the states spend on public schools and how fairly that money is spread around.
June 5, 2019 – Quality Counts

The nation and many states are doing a better job in finding the money for public schools than assuring that it’s spent in an equitable manner across all districts, federal data show.
June 5, 2019 – Quality Counts

Fresh research bolsters the case for more public school funding—but debate rages on how to spend it in a way that boosts achievement.
June 5, 2019 – Quality Counts

Policymakers feel the squeeze as popular support for increased education funding collides with an aversion to taxes and the education bureaucracy.
June 5, 2019 – Quality Counts

The field may be swimming in data, but there’s still blank spots when it comes to assembling a complete picture of how $600 billion in public school funding gets spent.
June 5, 2019 – Quality Counts

Examine the grades and scores that states earned on school funding and equity in Quality Counts 2019: School Finance with this interactive map, grade-summary table, and top-to-bottom ranking.
June 5, 2019 – Quality Counts

Each state's Quality Counts 2019 school finance grade includes a tally for per-pupil spending adjusted for regional cost differences, capturing factors like teacher and staff salaries, classroom spending, and administration.
June 5, 2019 – Education Week

The Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Reports capture the key data you need to assess your state's performance, including on school funding and equity. (National report available as well.)
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts

Here's a quick and easy guide to the grading scale and each of the indicators that go into making up the 50-state grades for school finance.
June 5, 2019 – Quality Counts

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