Are you interested in new K-12 “research” that creates new ways to measure funding, obsesses over inputs, rests on logical leaps, AND challenges its own claims? Well, then I have a couple reports for you!
The headlines create such drama:
- Washington Post, “Inequitable school funding called ‘one of the sleeper civil rights issues of our time’”
- The Atlantic, “How Ineffective Government Funding Can Hurt Poor Students”
- Education Week, Nation’s ‘Disinvestment’ in Public Schools Is Crippling Poor Students, Reports Say
Sure, the United States stands at or near the top of the world’s rankings in per-pupil spending, yet its students finish well below that on measures of math and science achievement. But somehow a disaster is looming, if we don’t spend more money. Or is it that money isn’t being spent equitably? Or both?
Let’s start with the Education Law Center’s “Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card.” As its title suggests, the report purports to focus on the issue of whether states provide “fair funding” based on student poverty. Continue Reading »