Every effort to improve educational outcomes and equity for students includes one key lever: money and how it's spent. Where funding comes from, how much is available, how it gets allocated to school districts and to schools, how those factors reflect the needs and circumstances of students and communities, and how it is spent are some of the fundamental dynamics that determine whether an education finance system is equitable or inequitable. And inequitably, inadequately funded schools must work uphill to deliver the education that students need.
We must understand and improve these foundational systems and structures to ensure that our most disadvantaged students receive a great and equitable education. Our work and issue experts explore how finance and inequity in education, housing, and more shortchange millions of underserved students and families across the country.
The content below reflects our work on this issue: