A new study finds that most states don't fairly distribute educational funding.Ever noticed how some school districts seem flush with cash while neighboring districts struggle to provide even basic schooling? One reason could be that many states may not be distributing school aid fairly.

In a new report titled Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card, the New Jersey-based Education Law Center ranked the fairness of the school finance systems in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. And only six of those states -- Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont and Wyoming -- scored well on all four "fairness measures." The report evaluated the amount of funding per pupil, the amount of education spending compared to states' gross domestic product, the allocation of money to schools with higher poverty levels and the proportion of children in public schools, as well as their income levels.

Most states received mixed reviews, while four states -- Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri and North Carolina -- ranked below average on all of the indicators.

Spending Varies Widely

"The results show that many states do not fairly allocate education funding to address the needs of their most disadvantaged students and the schools serving higher numbers of those students," the report states. Only seven states -- Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota and Utah -- scored an A or B for distributing more money to schools in impoverished communities.

In addition, states' per-pupil spending varies widely. While the national average for state spending amounts to $10,132 per pupil, a student in Tennessee receives about 40% of the funding of a comparable student in Wyoming.

"This report shows that many states fall short in providing education funding, although there are some bright spots," David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center, said in the report. "Every state needs to do a better job, but certainly some more than others." Education funding has become a nationwide contest, thanks to the Race to the Top, the Obama Administration's signature education initiative, which pits states states against one another in a competition for federal money.

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Wow! $10k per student is the national average. In Putnam county NY we pay $22k per student to make sure our teachers have millionaire retirement packages outrageous salaries. Yes our k-4 dodgeball teachers make $140,000 a year while we are told every year that they need more money and they can't pay for tissues and janitors. Wanna see 20% raises for last year and $120,000 plus salaries for music teachers... http://www.seethroughny.net/

November 02 2010 at 8:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Tennessee a teacher can work for 20 years and will only receive a salary of $39,000....unless you have a doctorate = $50,000.00- $56,000 a year and that is after 20 years of service. WOW a K-4 teacher making a $140,000 a year. I thought California had the higest paid teachers. Putnam County NY public schools spend $11,736 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $5,678. There are about 13.6 students per teacher in Putnam County. I found out they sure don't make $140,000.00....LOL

November 02 2010 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's not the money,it's the content inside the classroom. We have successfully dumbed down our nation.

November 02 2010 at 8:06 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Throwing money at schools do not get results. Look at DC schools, the worst in the nation and the best funded.

November 02 2010 at 8:04 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

For over 50 years I have been in and watched our public education system just to to hell. How long will we continue to support something that costs more and more each year yet when measured by ANY standard produces an inferior product? Lots of blame to go around. To start this is just one more example of something the private sector can and does produce a superior product, at a fraction of the cost of the inferior public system. Radical Feminists have convinced many that 1/2 of students are inferior, BOYS. Unions, the NEA could care less about students, they are a UNION and exist to get every nickel out of the employer, NOT to place the product ahead of the worker. They are the ones who cry, "MORE TAXES IS WHAT WE NEED", look at this poll "If we just had more money. Funding is all wrong. No, the public education system is a train wreck beyond any recovery. Turn it over to the private sector and let them do what they do.

November 02 2010 at 7:04 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Back in 1970 the USA was numbetr One in the World in education of it's people. Today we are down to Number 28. Prosperity and education go hand in hand. Ignorant people will never see the value of a good education and you cannot beat it into them.

November 02 2010 at 3:57 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The city of spokane Wa has laid off 120 people. 65 in police department firement 40. Dont know about the rest.

November 02 2010 at 2:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I started out in Print manufacturing 55 years ago. I started for .75c an hour and finished 26.00 an hour. Was that fair.? Or was that extreme.? Or ok for that lengt of time.?

November 02 2010 at 2:47 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

WHY in Idaho its 7800.

November 02 2010 at 2:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

illinois has to be at the top of the pail list a double f+

November 02 2010 at 1:25 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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How much.?

November 02 2010 at 2:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Education in America failed not because of lack of fund but the lack of the parents' inability to guide kids in very early age to motive them, and support kids in the school all the way afterwards - look at why Jews' and Oriental kids are doing so well in the school - one more thing, what do you expect from a single mother on welfare who has 5 or 7 children? - or poor Mexican parents who have 5 or 6 kids? - how those kids will do in the school? - never mind those kids' chance going to college when they grow up - this is not a racism, it's a fact and reality, you better believe it - Teachers Unions keep demanding more and more spending in education is a farce - 2/3 of education money goes to teachers' salary and their fat pensions, and that's why they always want more money, even bankrupting the State and America - then, there are so many naive parents who blindly listen to and support teachers - travel around Oriental countries,like Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, Siongpore, etc. and watch how hard the kids study - I'm sure some educators here went there, but the coclusion they make is spend more money - Oriental schools spend far less money per student, but they always top in international contests in math and science - we need a fundamental change in school system here in America.

November 02 2010 at 1:18 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply