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National Report Card: School funding practices unfair across states


A Tennessee student receives less than 40 percent of the funding received by a similar student in Wyoming, according to a new report that assesses the equity of school funding across the country, the Huffington Post reports. The second edition of the National Report Card, “Is School Funding Fair?”, was released earlier this month by the Education Law Center. The report found that only 17 states have progressive funding systems, according to which the state allocates greater funding to districts buckling under poverty. Utah, New Jersey, Ohio, and Minnesota are the most progressive states. Six states have regressive funding systems, in which richer school districts receive more state dollars. Illinois is the most regressive state, followed by North Carolina, Alabama, Michigan, Texas, and Colorado. In funding level, the report finds huge disparity. States in the Northeast, along with Wyoming and Alaska, tend to provide far higher levels of school funding than Southern or Western states…

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