Quality Counts 2020: School Finance

As it has with every aspect of society, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens K-12 finances to an unprecedented degree. Quality Counts' annual deep dive into schools' fiscal resources takes stock of the challenges district leaders face in navigating the world of tight budgets and funding uncertainty stemming from the pandemic-driven economic downturn, along with lessons from those who have weathered previous financial crises. This second installment of three Quality Counts 2020 reports also provides state-by-state school finance grades and rankings that offer context as those leaders make the tough decisions in the months ahead.

To catch up on the first installment of Quality Counts 2020, which measured how the nation and states fared on Quality Counts' "Chance for Success Index," click here.

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The latest Quality Counts 2020 installment offers guidance for school leaders who need a clear picture of where they stand on school finance and what they can do to stay afloat during the economic downturn driven by the coronavirus pandemic.
June 3, 2020 – Quality Counts

The swift, deep collapse of revenue brought on by the coronavirus pandemic could devastate school district budgets. Here's what veteran school leaders and finance experts say can be done to prepare for a prolonged downturn and limit the damage.
June 3, 2020 – Quality Counts

The EdWeek Research Center surveyed more than 300 district leaders nationwide about the financial outlook for their systems, vulnerable areas of their operations, and their experiences during the last major economic downturn.
June 3, 2020 – Quality Counts

Wyoming once again takes the top spot in Quality Counts' annual ranking of the states on school finance, while 22 states receive grades between C-minus and D-minus.
June 3, 2020 – Quality Counts

The Quality Counts 2020 Highlights Reports capture the key data you need to assess your state's performance on key academic, school funding, and socioeconomic indicators. (National report available as well.)
January 22, 2020 – Quality Counts

Examine the grades and scores that states and the nation earned on school finance, along with how they scored on a host of socioeconomic and other indicators that go into those rankings.
June 3, 2020 – 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 3, 2020 – Quality Counts

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