To determine if school funding reaches the students who need it the most, a new study from the Education Law Center, “Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card,” ranked all 50 states on their education finance systems and school funding fairness. The study examined four separate but interrelated “fairness indicators”–funding level, funding distribution, state fiscal effort, and public school coverage.
Scoring high in all four indicators, Massachusetts received a grade of B. The study reports that Massachusetts has a mean actual state and local revenue per pupil of $14,355, which is higher than the national average. Five other states also ranked highly across all categories: Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey, Vermont, and Wyoming.
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