Power in Numbers – Resource Inequality

Our series, Power in Numbers, focuses on the inequities brought about by our convoluted state funding systems. We focus on per-pupil funding for states and school districts across the country in order to understand and compare the data at the most granular level.

This second report highlights the failure of many states to compensate for uneven local contributions and the inequities that result.

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Power in Numbers – Cost Adjusted Revenue

Our new series, Power in Numbers, focuses on the inequities brought about by our convoluted state funding systems. We focus on per-pupil funding for states and school districts across the country in order to understand and compare the data at the most granular level. 

The first report in this series highlights state-level funding once figures have been adjusted for county-level economic differences. The results may surprise you.

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Let's Rebuild the Future

EdBuild is a new non-profit dedicated to bringing common sense to our school funding system — allowing public schools to innovate and better serve their students and communities.

Lotteries as School Funding: The Game is Rigged

The state of California, like many others across the country, runs a lottery whose stated purpose is to increase funding for education. In practice, this government-run program results in a transfer of wealth of $449 million from lower-income to higher-income school districts. In California, poor neighborhoods pay much more into the lottery than their schools get out of it, while affluent areas contribute far less than their schools receive.

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Dividing Lines

Our public education system has the potential to be the great equalizer of our time - bringing resources and opportunity to the kids that need it most. But the funding systems currently in place only serve to draw starker contrasts between the haves and the have-nots.

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Our Areas of Focus

  • Funding

    Delivery of education has changed drastically in the past 50 years, but the way we fund our schools hasn't kept up. Schools can't serve students in today's environment without adequate funding and maximum flexibility. We must stop funding the schools of today based on the delivery assumptions of the past.
  • Equity

    The way we fund our schools is arbitrary at best and regressive at worst. We need more equitable models of resource distribution that address the unique needs of individual students and their communities - no matter the zip code.

  • Access

    Our reliance on antiquated funding models bolsters arbitrary school district boundaries. In many communities, these boundaries lock students out of opportunity. Changing how we determine access to schools can open the gates to opportunity for children in our neediest neighborhoods.

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Our Work

  • Drive New Thinking

  • Drive New Thinking

    The way we fund schools does not align with 21st century education expectations. We provide policy makers with new ideas that encourage discourse and drive innovation.

  • Reveal Pathways of Change

  • Reveal Pathways of Change

    We think education finance policy is the key to modernizing schools. We track emerging research, conduct unique independent analysis, and partner with respected peers to reveal data-driven, evidence-based reforms and tactics that better serve students and their communities..

  • Implement Innovation

  • Implement Innovation

    Often, school funding models are isolated from the needs of the community. We help stake holders build programs and implement data-driven reforms to produce more funding, more equity and greater access.

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