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Power in Numbers—Cost-Adjusted Revenue

State Funding

The vast majority of education spending statistics are reported without adjustment for the relative cost of living across states. This makes comparisons between states difficult because almost everything related to education finance is tied to local economic conditions. Adjusting for local cost factors allows for a more accurate assessment of a state’s ability to fund schools, and of schools' ability to pay for important things, like teacher salaries.

To help put state funding and teacher salaries in context, EdBuild, a national nonprofit that works to create state school funding systems that provide equitable and adequate resources to students and their communities, produced the "Power in Numbers - Cost-Adjusted Revenue" report by aggregating cost-adjusted school funding figures to state averages, and then comparing them to the nominal values usually reported in the media.

Also tagged under: National Funding