Making Sense of State School Funding Policy (Urban Institute)

Nov 30, 2017

This report from the Urban Institute provides an overview of state school funding policy and identifies several themes that stand out when analysis school finance policy across the country.

These themes include:

  • Districts with the highest-need students are not always the highest-need districts;
  • Districts are not passive recipients of state funds;
  • Funding formulas are only part of the story; and
  • District-level funding is not school-level funding.


Chingos, M.M., & Blagg, K. (2017). Making Sense of State School Funding Policy. Washington, DC: Urban Institute. Retrieved from

  • District/School Spending
  • Education Funding (National)
  • Funding Formulas