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NEA Research Reports: School Funding

School Funding Formula

  • Weighted Student Formula (WSF) (2005) (, 323 KB, 25pp)
    Controversial School Funding Formula Gaining Popularity in United States 
    Some say the "Weighted Student Formula" method of allocating funds can be a boost to urban schools. Others call this decentralized mode of money handling a distraction from the real problem - inadequate school funding.

School Funding Solutions for Quality Education

  • The Effects of  State Public K-12  Education Expenditures on Income Distribution (2004) (, 225 KB, 37pp)
    Study Links States' Income to Residents' Education Levels
    Investing in kids and their achievement has long-term economic benefits for communities. This report examines the correlation between education spending and a region's financial viability and potential.
  • K-12 Education in the U.S. Economy (2004) (, 406 KB, 58pp)
    K-12 Education in the U.S. Economy' Links School Capacity to State Financial Outlook
    This report suggests that increasing statewide revenue to support quality public education is an alternative to cutting this support to prevent tax increases. Also, learn how school quality impacts a region's labor market, property values, and economic vitality.
  • School Funding, Taxes, and Economic Growth (2004) (, 481 KB, 30pp)
    Fifty-State Analysis Offers Prescription for Education Equity, Adequacy
    This report finds the number of jobs created by increasing education spending is larger than jobs lost from raising taxes to support that spending.