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.
- Education Funding Big Disconnect Between How Much Money K-12 Gets and How Fairly It's SpentThe 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.Federal Public Torn Between Support for School Spending and Actually Paying the TabPolicymakers feel the squeeze as popular support for increased education funding collides with an aversion to taxes and the education bureaucracy.Every Student Succeeds Act What Researchers Wish They Knew About School FinanceThe 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.Education Funding How Each State Performed on School Spending and Equity (Map and Rankings)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.States From Our Research Center Quality Counts 2019: State and National Highlights ReportsThe Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Reports capture the key data you need to assess your state’s performance.