Many of these states are also low-effort states, as measured by the amount of the state’s economic productivity dedicated to funding schools. The Report Card grades states from A to F on this measure. Florida, Nevada, California, North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Oregon all receive F’s. A few of the majority low-income states have relatively high effort levels, namely West Virginia, Arkansas, and South Carolina. However, these three states have among the lowest levels of economic capacity in the nation, so even a high effort produces relatively low overall funding levels.
While the U.S. continues to lead the developed world with the highest student poverty rates, the National Report Card shows that many states have not adopted school funding systems that enable schools to provide high quality educational opportunities to millions of low-income children.
The SEF’s recent release updates a 2007 report, A New Majority: Low Income Students in the South’s Public Schools, which documented the fact that low-income students had become a majority in the South’s public schools for the first time in more than four decades.
The third edition of “Is School Funding Fair: A National Report Card” will be available on the report’s website in December 2013.
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