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Making Sense of State School Funding Policy

This report from the Urban Institute provides a 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